Nov 2, 2006

 “What are the steps you take you take to manage your career?

This is from one of Gautams  post way back in February.

But I think it will always be relevant as long as there are people trying to get a leg up in their career.

His suggestions listed here are actually to HR graduates, explaining how they should go about crafting their career.

But it is applicable to all of us. O K less of my take on this. Here he is in his own words.

1. Develop an area of deep expertise
2. Get to know a lot of other areas related to yours better, while not developing major expertise for them.
3. Become the "go-to" person for your expertise. That means making sure organizational and industry leaders know your expertise and you build credibility for that expertise.
4. Follow industry trends and try to prempt changing skills demand, outsourcing or cost pressures. The best way to do that is to build "softer" skills around your hard skills.
5. Try to make yourself redundant. Building skills that make you ready for the next level is imperative.
6. Get yourself a mentor who has 3X knowledge [cross-functional, cross-cultural and cross-industry knowledge].
7. Move between industries and functional areas to apply your expertise areas.
8. Decide if a managerial or a specialist career is what appeals to you more, focus on building on your skills than seeking to plug your gaps.

I assure you that you will never put a foot wrong in your career if you adapt this framework as the basis of building your career.

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