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Are You Managing Your Job Instead of Managing Your Career?


A big mistake a lot of us make in our work is to confuse our careers with the jobs we have right now. This is a problem because we end up confusing job management with career management. And believe me, there's a difference. 

Job Management

When you are managing your job, you focus on:

  • Accomplishing current tasks and responsibilities
  • Attending company/organization-sponsored training
  • Networking on behalf of your company
  • Doing things right and meeting company/organization expectations

There's nothing wrong with any of this. Job management is necessary to keep your current position and will help you develop your reputation for future opportunities. 

The problems arise when every ounce of energy you have for work is poured into your current job, with nothing left over to think about and prepare for a future that most likely will not be with your current company or organization. 

Job management is about pleasing your current employer. Career management is about creating your own path. 

Career Management

When you are managing your career, you still do some of the job management tasks I identified above. 

But you are also carving out time, attention and energy for thinking through and acting on your own goals and desires in your career. You:

Most of all, you regularly assess and develop your habits of career resilience. When you build your resilience, then you are automatically paying attention to managing your career. 


So here's the question for today--Are you focused on managing your job or managing your career? 



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