Your Blueprint for Career Advancement Needs Updating

How to take a more regular, active role in making your professional life as good as it can be.

It is easy for many people to go to work day after day without thinking big or long-term about their careers. WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger and Tanya Rivero discuss the importance of asking: Am I doing what I should be doing to advance my career?

Many people go to work contentedly enough day after day. Thoughts of change come only after a bomb drops in the form of a bad review or layoff, or boredom or frustration saps all the fun from your job.

Don’t let this happen. We should all have a career fitness plan. Making a fitness plan should be a quarterly discipline, and it doesn’t have to be a daunting chore. What works best isn’t trying to draw a 20-year road map. A better approach is taking a series of small steps and pilot projects to keep expanding your skills and network. Here are some signs your career plan needs a workout:

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By Helen Godfrey
Helen Godfrey Sr. Career Development Specialist Helen Godfrey