In 2002 I began my professional speaking career. At that time, I was speaking to audiences filled with accountants about how to manage their careers more effectively.

I usually began that presentation by stating that “Most people spend more time planning a vacation or holiday than they do their own careers.”

This statement is as true today as it was 20 years ago.

However, today it’s much more important to manage your career than it was 20 years ago. Technology is rapidly changing the shape of our roles.

The skills and abilities we need to stay relevant are changing – quickly.

Most people simply go through doors that are open to them – without thinking about where those doors are leading them. As a result, I’ve seen SO MANY people end up someplace they don’t want to be.

Take control of your career today. Here are 5 tips to help.

1. Don’t ever make a decision at the height of an emotional situation. Most people end up running from what they don’t want instead of what they do. Make sure you get into an emotionally neutral state of mind before making any big decisions.

2. Learn about your strengths and how to spend more time playing to those. This will help you develop the abilities you need to succeed long term. Use these strengths to develop new skills.

3. Determine what you value in a new job or career. What are your non-negotiables?

4. Make sure your professional goals support and align with your personal goals. Two plus years of Pandemic induced reflection has realigned many of our priorities and we’ve decided that we want to work to live, we don’t want to live to work. We have to put our personal goals front and center.

5. Practice resilience daily. Make sure you can get back on your feet when you are inevitably knocked off. It happens to the best of us.

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