What influences how we manage our careers? Why do we choose one offer over another?
Is it really bad to stay for 12 years at the same company?
Should we denounce people who change jobs frequently or those who buy into the rat race?
You prefer atmosphere & people over money & prestige?
Your main driver is self-development?
Frustration kicks in when there’s too much routine?
According to a LinkedIn survey published in 2018:
- the average American has been in the same job for 9.88 years, rising substantially to 13.91 years for professionals over 55
- 22% admit that they “fell” into their job rather than actively choosing
- 23% say that they feel like they are “on a treadmill going nowhere”
Although the data represents 2000 US American professionals, we confirm that – based on our experience and observation – the numbers across Europe could be very similar.
At Career Angels we call that a career “on autopilot”. Looking at the research data from Decision Dynamics company, as many as 64% of professionals do not have a career that matches their innermost preferences and motives. Why does that happen and what can you do about it?
There are plenty of reasons. We often pick our career (university) based on how close to or far away from our home it is, how well-paid it is in the short run, how popular with friends or parents it is or convenient for so many other reasons. Let’s be realistic: how much did the 23-year old you know about the job market and the opportunities out there? The different kinds of career paths? Organizations?
Big organizations do a great job retaining talent by offering various options regularly. Consequently, employees are in a comfort zone which – let’s face it – excuses them from taking the necessary time and insight to think hard about themselves and their actual preferences. It allows them to choose the easiest way. What would be the alternative? As some would describe it or many perceive it: a tedious, stressful, looong job search.
We (sometimes – usually) do what we think is expected from us… by ourselves, our parents, society, our bosses. Therefore we take job offers that we would rather decline and slip e.g. into managerial roles while we actually would much rather be working in an expert role with no team responsibility.
Explore yourself, your preferences, values, motives and strengths. How?
- find somebody to talk about it – sometimes having coffee with a friend and voicing your concerns / thoughts helps clarify things
- work with a coach / mentor / consultant (or a Career Angel :))
- read books on career with a focus on self-awareness
- take (free) online tests like www.16personalities.com
Here’s why the Career View Test is our favorite
Answer the following two questions honestly:
How would you define a successful career?
If everything was possible, how would your most satisfying and fulfilling career path look like?
36% of the respondents would answer both questions (almost) identically, whereas 64% would give two slightly or completely different answers. This information comes from Decision Dynamics, a company that has been collecting and analyzing data on i.a. people’s careers for over 40 years.
What else does the research tell us?
1) There’s a “brain-level” and a “heart-level” response
2) There are common patterns
Please note that this model can also be applied throughout an entire organization for better candidate, role and culture fitting. Click here for more information.
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