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How To Navigate Your Own Career Development

St. Louis Post Dispatch career column

Below is an excerpt from my latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch Career Column. You can read the whole column here.


All too often, I see professionals go about their jobs month after month, year after year without addressing their job concerns — present or future. Why is this?

First, let’s address why we have concerns in the first place.

All professionals have needs that vary depending on the length one has been on the job. But usually concerns arise because job duties are changing, there’s a lack of direction, no pay increases and/or a general feeling the professional is not appreciated for what they do for the organization.

Sometimes, it’s not that simple. All the time, people feel tensions at work, but can’t put their finger on what’s really bothering them. As a Career Coach, this is often where I come in, helping people realize what they need in reference to their job or development. After that, we determine action steps, assuming it’s even the right time to deal with it.

Now, once concerns are realized, why do so many people do nothing about it?

From my experience in both HR and as a career coach, many people simply hope their employers are pleased with their work (even if the employee is dissatisfied), so when the next big change comes along in the department or company, the employee will hold on to their job. In other words, they settle.

This isn’t acceptable. If you see yourself settling, it’s time to take responsibility for your own career happiness!

Don’t know how to go about taking action? Let me give you an example… READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN AT STLTODAY.COM.