Nowadays, knowing what you want out of your job and career is not enough. You need to make it all happen for you. Contemporary career management is all about self-management and adaptability. In fact, this is true for everyone, whether you are an independent or work within an organization. The question will be whether you are capable of staying relevant in the labor market and simultaneously find a match with what makes you happy professionally.
And you know what? Career competencies or career attitudes can be measured and developed.
Let’s look at what these particular career attitudes are first. Then we’ll dig into the development part.
There are four career attitudes that have been scientifically identified. The person who has all four of them can be considered a career architect. Furthermore, every one of these four attitudes can be represented by a body part.
- You need a body. The body represents your sense of purpose in terms of your career. In other words, do you have an affinity with personal career priorities and are you inclined to follow your own beliefs and/or gut-feeling when dealing with professional dilemmas?
- You need arms. The arms represent your preference to personally take charge of career matters and to grasp opportunities rather than to conform and wait for opportunities to be offered.
- You need a head. The head indicates your preference for mental openness towards new situations and for moving on towards new contexts that require one to adapt and acquire new knowledge.
- You need legs. The legs indicate your inclination to progress the personal career path and the readiness to take a leap or change the current context when it no longer suits your own career values.
Do you possess all four body parts? There’s a way to know. CareerCoach® offers a questionnaire, the Career Fitness Profiler, which allows you to measure these attitudes (among other career-related topics like career values and energy stress balance).
But even without measuring, it might be clear to you that you need some development on one or more of these attitudes.
Let’s see how I can help you:
- If you don’t have a strong body, you might consider developing a clear career vision. Mostly reflection is needed. Good questions are: “When I look back on my career in twenty years or so, what is it I would like to see?” or “I compare my current job and opportunities with the dreams I hold for my career, how big is the gap?”
- If you don’t have strong arms, you can start DOING things. Like drawing attention to yourself, for instance by letting your boss know what you have accomplished this week or setting up a great LinkedIn page.
- If you don’t have a strong head, you probably are not aware of that in the first place. In most cases someone actually has to tell people they lack mental openness. If someone has already told you, you might want to engage in active networking or look for a project within your company that forces you to work with people from other departments with a different view on things than you. Opening up to their views instead of fighting them will help you along in your project and eventually in your career.
- If you don’t have strong legs, simply making plans for mobility and putting down in writing what the different steps are you have to take will probably get you on the way.
Please consider the next four (out of sixteen possible career types) When the body part is dark, the person has the career attitude it represents. When the body part is light coloured, some development might be in order. What kind of career behavior do you think these types will show?