By Belal Kohzad
The dictionary defines a career as; “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress”. However, it also encompasses a person’s progress, actions, successes and failures that a person faces throughout their occupational lifetime.
A career is composed of the jobs held, titles earned, and work accomplished over a period of time. It is not simply the position one holds whilst at work. Your career defines your whole accomplishments and progression within a set period of time.
In various cultures and economies, an employee may decide to stay with one organisation, or multiple organisations. People may also decide if they want to hold a certain position until retirement or whether they want to frequently change their job roles and have a different set of workloads every so often instead of completing the same set of activities forever.
An individual’s career is not defined by the organisation that they work in. a person may be a lawyer or an architect throughout their career. However, at the same time they have been working for different organisations at each stage.
It is crucial that a person can define their career path and understand what it is they are trying to accomplish. In many cases a person may have to choose from these 3 paths;
Path 1 – The career may have been made up of several random jobs that are unrelated to one another. Therefore, is it almost impossible to determine what your next job role may be. This career path doesn’t leave much in common for each job taken, so your next job cannot benefit from your experience in your previous job.
Path 2 – This pathway involves the individual moving up within the same occupation. Each job role you have, you work hard and gain some achievements, which in turn allows you to be promoted and hold several positions over your career lifetime.
Path 3 – This pathway involves the individual moving their way up the ladder within their profession, however through different organisations OR job roles. This person may want to become a Finance Director, therefore they may work for several organisations and each time move to a different organisation for a higher position. Or they may seek to gain progression within a specific company, and if they are not getting promoted, they will carry out other job roles to gain experiences and apply for the position once it opens up.
Your career success can only be define by you. You have to decide if your success is measured by financial gains, material accumulation, recognition, popularity, contribution, position held or simply by achieving a goal you had set.