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09 Dec
2014

Rhomiela Diafante

Associate Consultant
 

What is it that you do?

Does your current/past job title actually describe your profession?

A lot of people think their job title is their work, but sometimes there is an actual disconnect between the position you hold and the tasks being given to you. In a real work setting, a job title is only useful on paper, but may not carry enough weight outside your workplace.

For example, what does a senior engineer even mean?

Does the job entail more complexity of engineering work from that which is handled by someone with a slightly lower pay grade? Hardly; but notable-sounding job titles are something a lot of people desire, even if they can't be hard-pressed to admit it.

You are led to believe that a job title is everything, and to have an impressive label after your name symbolizes skills and status. Except this isn't true, and the longer you stay in the job, the more you realize that this isn't what you wanted, this isn't what you expected, and the tasks you actually perform has nothing to do with the job title at all!

Your Profession and the Environment

We want you to spend some time describing what you want to do in your future career path. You need to identify expected responsibilities and research on activities you want to be involved.

 

 

 

List out your ideal office scenario or a typical day at the workplace:

  • What are you doing?
  • What kind of people are you interacting with?
  • What is it that will fulfill your passion and purpose?

The job market is dynamic and the changes might be huge since your last career transition.

The ideas or concepts you have may have change drastically. In order to compete more successfully in the global market, organizations may have become shrunk their workforce and putting more focus on productivity. With that, top management is insisting on a workforce that is lively and flexible. Technology also plays a big part as it continues to affect us in different ways. New skills are hot in demand and old skills are dying off. You need to know exactly how these developments are affecting your profession.

Based on your profession, you are required to understand what it takes to be in the desired marketplace. This is even more important if you are thinking of switching industries. Your decision will be based on what you are looking for in your future career path that meets your passion and that it requires of your skills, talent and knowledge.

Set your goals high and don't let anybody tell you no.

Muriel Siebert, Founder and President of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc.

 

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This post originally appeared on Linkedin. Written by Ngee Key Chan.

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