Busting Five Common Career Myths

Here are five common career myths. Where did they come from? Who knows. Perhaps at one time they were even true. In any case, they do seem to be well embedded in our workforce and they prevent people from taking charge of their own career path and timeline.

Let’s take a look at each one individually and see just why it is a myth today.

Myth #1: If I do my job well, advancement will surely follow.

It may surprise you to learn that people who perform well, and appear to be happy doing so, are often passed over for advancement. Those who are vocal and visible in their pursuit of advancement are more likely to succeed. In order to be considered for advancement, you will need to make it known that this is your goal. Your employer may offer career development programs, financial support for continuing education and coaching/mentoring to help prepare you for advancement. Be sure to investigate your options.

Myth #2: The key to success is to move up.

The idea of continually advancing, moving up and taking on more and more responsibility, has been ingrained in many workers who see the organization structured as a pyramid. Many people have particular talents, skills and abilities that make them successful when they work alone or as a member of a team; however, when put into a leadership position, they no longer thrive. Again, only you can decide what brings you satisfaction and fulfillment and only you can decide what path you want your career to take.

Myth #3: Big Companies offer the best opportunities, benefits and security.

Let’s unbundle this one. First of all, only you can define what are the best opportunities for you to apply your unique talents, skills and abilities. You will also want to decide on your own personal timeline – sometimes the road to advancement in large companies is quite congested. Secondly, you will want to examine the benefits offered to see what they are truly worth to you at this stage of your career; ask yourself whether you are trading off your salary for benefits. And thirdly, there is really no such thing as job security in the 21st century. Rapid changes in the nature of business, particularly advances in technology, mean that every job and every worker is vulnerable. Find a position where you can apply your unique talents, skills and abilities in an environment that gives you satisfaction and fulfillment and compensates you for the contribution you make regardless of the size of the company.

Myth #4: The longer I stay at the same company, the better.

The idea of continually advancing, moving up and taking on more and more responsibility, has been ingrained in many workers who see the organization structured as a pyramid. Many people have particular talents, skills and abilities that make them successful when they work alone or as a member of a team; however, when put into a leadership position, they no longer thrive. Again, only you can decide what brings you satisfaction and fulfillment and only you can decide what path you want your career to take.

Myth #5: A full time job and a regular pay check = security.

See Myth #2. Employers are not going to hire you because you need a job. You must bring value to the company by making a contribution. And, in order for you to continue to be of value, it is vital that you continue to learn and grow so you increase your value to the company.

Are you letting any of these myths hold you back? Perhaps 2016 is the year for you to take charge of your own career and timeline. Do an objective assessment of where you are today and plot a path to where you want to be. Consider building your leadership skills at the Acacia Institute; our competency based program will set you up for success!

 

 

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