David Kiger is CEO and founder of the global logistics company Worldwide Express. He has some advice for people who may want to change their career path. It’s important for a person to know when it’s time to move on and try something new. Kiger provides four different insights on how people can assess their career path.
TIPS ON ASSESSING A CAREER PATH
Replace the 5-Year Plan with a 20-Year Plan
“It’s important to regularly chart your career progress and make sure you’re actually getting ahead instead of missing out on something because you’re complacent or afraid to move on,” said Kiger. “Many people get so caught up in just getting by that they wake up one morning and realize they are no closer to a promotion than when they were hired.”
Don’t Let Your Paycheck Determine Your Career
“It’s easy to dream of a high-paying position or starting your own company, but don’t think your best option is automatically the highest-paying gig,” advised Kiger. “If you want a job that comes with a pay cut, look at ways to reduce your spending. Having more money is nice, but make sure you know what it’s really costing you.”
Don’t be Afraid to do What You Want
“Many people think because they spent four years and thousands of dollars in college they have to stick with a career that aligns with their degree. This is simply not the case,” said Kiger. “New jobs are constantly being created. Think of what aspects of your job are most appealing and what qualities are your strongest. Now, find a field that combines the two.”
Take Some Quality Time to Think About It
“If you’re still undecided about whether or not to change your career, try stepping back. Take a few days off to relax. Ask your boss if there are other areas where you can contribute,” advised Kiger. “If you still feel like you’re stuck on idle, talk to your boss about how you’re feeling and see if there are any other options in the company.”
“Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom and work your way up. If you take initiative and show others you care about what you do, something like an entry level sales job can easily turn into more,” said Kiger.
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