Just like people, career paths can be predictable and non-predictable, rational and emotional. Your career path does not need to be confined to the predictable parameters and actions defined by an organization. At any moment, you can shape your career in both conventional and non-conventional ways if you so choose. In fact, a mark of those who have achieved sustained Career wealth is the fact they traveled a different road than most—one that was aligned with their passions not common conventions. It’s not a coincidence that many of the truly successful high tech leaders did not finish college. They had the courage to step away from a predictable career path and follow their passions.
It’s clear that many people either don’t trust their passions or know what they are passionate about. As we have worked with people making career decisions, we have seen that they often resort to the safe path, feeling like they need to get a traditional degree in business or law to ensure career employment and progression. There is nothing inherently wrong with a traditional path unless it is not aligned to what you really want to do. Those who find Career wealth know this one important truth: There is enough room in the world markets to make a terrific living doing what they love. Whether it is math, fly-fishing, or urban sociology, there are ways of building a fruitful career around it. Career wealth begins with clear alignment with your passions. Once aligned, you may or may not follow a traditional career path.
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The authors have a wonderful message: Stop looking for those greener pastures; they may be astroturf! Look insider first. A very important message for the impending talent war.
Beverly L. Kaye
CEO/Founder, Career Systems International; author, Love It Don't Leave It, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, and Up Is Not the Only Way.