The importance of career strategy

09 July 2018

LinkedIn ShareShare
More

 

A career left solely to chance is an unwise gamble. Without the implementation of a clear and workable career strategy, there is a real risk of missing any opportunities that come your way, or even stagnating at a particular point you were hoping to move on from more quickly.

 

During the early years of a career, you quickly climb the ranks by being the sharpest, brightest and most capable team player. You make sure you are the one who answers emails the quickest, the one who always volunteers for overtime and regularly comes up with ideas which far outshine those of your peers. But as your career progresses and the top of your game is in reach, the importance of a defined career strategy remains. Undertaking large projects which deliver time or cost savings – or other financial gain – carry more weight at senior manager or director level.

 

 

With plans come goals, with goals come motivation - and with motivation comes results.

 

Your career strategy will change and evolve over time, and will need constant review and consideration. In a world where there aren’t enough hours in a day and work is constantly piling up, months roll by unnoticed. But force yourself to regularly set time aside to assess where you are and where you’re going.

 

Be specific about what you want to achieve in your career and by what date. Also consider whether there are gaps in your knowledge, in any technical practices or legal requirements for instance. Even as a senior manager or director, some new business concepts or procedures can require the acquisition of new skills and understanding. If so, consider what degrees or accreditations you may need to pursue, and what path you’ll need to take in order to get there. Study can require a large investment of your time and if a Masters or PHD is required for a position you want in three years’ time, you would really need to start applying now.

 

 

A recent study has shown that hiring an external candidate into a company means they’re paid 18-20% more than internal workers who are promoted upwards. Although unfair, it does point to the idea that professionals are often taken for granted inside their own companies. Whilst that doesn’t mean you constantly need to move around between organisations, if you do stay at the same company, it’s important to cultivate a strong external reputation. Get networking and get yourself noticed. Not only will you potentially open doors for yourself further down the line, you’ll also reduce the risk of blending into the background. You’ll remind your boss and colleagues that your abilities are appreciated - and sought after.

 

Are you interested in pursuing new manufacturing career opportunities? Please arrange a 15 minute career call with us today

 

 

 

Helping Manufacturing Professionals across the UK to find their next career move

Comments

Currently there are no comments. Be the first to post one!

Post Comment

*
*
*

Featured Jobs

Site Maintenance Manager - COMAH / Chemicals

Site Maintenance Manager - COMAH / Chemicals  Bonfire Recruitment is proud to be working exclusively with a leading Chemical company within the Central Belt of Scotland to recruit an experienced Site Maintenance Manager. This desirable role will...

Full Details

Managing Director / General Manager - Precision Engineering

Managing Director / General Manager - Precision Engineering  Bonfire Recruitment have a significant opportunity for a experienced Managing Director / General Manager for a truly unique opportunity at its retained metal finishing client based in Aberdeen.   Reporting to the...

Full Details

Construction Project Manager – Heavy Engineering

Construction Project Manager – Heavy Engineering  Bonfire Engineering Recruitment is proud to be retained by a major global engineering, design and project management consultancy in the recruitment of a Project Manager to focus on the delivery...

Full Details

Electrical Design Manager R&D Manufacturing

Electrical Design Manager R&D Manufacturing  Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of an Electrical Design Manager / Principle Electrical Engineer with supervisory responsibility for its established R&D with Manufacturing client of electronic and sub assembly’s...

Full Details

Construction Project Manager - Global Travel

Construction Project Manager - Global Travel  Bonfire Recruitment is proud to be retained with a major EPCM organisation in the recruitment of a qualified Construction Project Manager for a global and permanent role to focus on...

Full Details

Managing Director - Engineering

Managing Director - Engineering  Based in South Yorkshire Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of a Top Tier Manufacturing General Manager / Managing Director for its exceptional heavy engineering focussed client, a high value...

Full Details