CareerSherpas: Climbing the Mountain

When you’re on the way, it helps to share the load

Archive for February, 2008

Are You Chasing a Job or a Career?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Maybe it’s a cliche, but a lot of people I talk to still don’t really ever ask themselves if what they do is a career or just a job that they’re marking time with. If you aren’t thinking in terms of what your career is and where you want it to go, you’re likely to be unable to reach your potential, hate what you’re stuck doing, or worse yet – both!

So for those of you who might have trouble with the distinction, a career is less about what you’re doing now and more about what you’re trying to get to do. Consider that many people with somewhat more generally applicable skills like IT workers, writers, salespeople, financial analysts and call center representatives are seeing the average tenure time drop dramatically. I’ve heard a number of recruiters quote recently that the average IT job lasts 18 months. Knowing that there’s a lot of folks out there with much longer tenures, that means the vast majority are hopping after less time than that!

The reality that this illustrates is that none of us have any real reason to believe that we’ll be staying at the same company for a long time. In this reality planning for where we want to be in our next job, or the one after, or even the one after that becomes not just a nice idea, but an imperative to success.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll start to explore the different stages of a career and how to make the most of them to help propel you onward and upward through whatever trajectory you choose in your career.

Peter Fitzgerald is the founder of CareerSherpas.com and is currently working on his first book, managing a team of project managers, and attempting to learn the bagpipes.

Welcome to Climbing the Mountain

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

This blog has been a little while in the making, but it’s finally here!

As the posts develop, we’ll cover many of the topics that someone considering the current state of their career and looking to the horizon might be able to use to improve their next step. The weekly series will look at everything from assessing your current career path to driving toward new goals and even different directions.

After all, we’re not all happy doing the same things, and we all grow to enjoy new opportunities and challenges.

Peter Fitzgerald is the founder of CareerSherpas.com and is currently working on his first book, managing a team of project managers, and attempting to learn the bagpipes.