Conclusions from the Career Strategy Webinar

This article is written for all those who went onto our recent Career Strategy webinar. But I’m sure that anyone who is inherently interested in building their career will also find this article useful, even if they had not been on the call. Following feedback from some participants, I shall structure this article as such:

1. The overall big picture of what I was trying to say 2. Recap of the 6 lessons learnt

3. Ask if you REALLY want to build a fluent career 4. What next? Some of you might find that I am repeating what I said on the call, but I do hope that it gives you some new insights as you can reflect on my words in this article. So, let’s dive right in…

1. The Overall Big Picture

Some of you have found that my talk was a little disjointed, and that the big picture was not articulated strongly enough. You are right, and I apologise. In essence, what I had been trying to say is this,

If you want to enjoy a successful career and not regret your career decisions at the end of your life, then you must manage it from TODAY.

This is calling you to look at your career in a more strategic manner. A strategic issue is one which impacts more than just you, has implications far into the future, and with a high opportunity cost. So you will see that your career decisions are certainly strategic, and hence you need to make good strategic decisions with it. Else, you will end up with regret.

Now, many of the examples I gave on the call may be foreign to you, may be too big for you - e.g. a director of an IT department or a high-flying lady in the financial service industry who left her large role to start a family – and somehow you might not be able to identify with them.

That is true. Yet, I wanted to share those stories with you not to show you that it happens only to people at this level, but that even people at this level are affected by career decisions. And some make good decisions while many others make poor decisions. What I had not wanted you to think is that it affects ONLY people at this level; it affects people of ALL levels and if we don’t manage it at the lower job levels, we will certainly not be able to manage it at the higher job levels!

Many people go through their career just jumping from the first opportunity onto the next one, typically with 10s or 100s of ringgit more a month. But when they finally decide to be serious about their career, it is too late. They would have made too many bad decisions to be given the best jobs, and they will never be able to earn as much, or do as well, or enjoy as greatly, as their friends who had taken their career seriously from the start.