Here is an interesting and thought-provoking guest post on career development from Lindsey Harper Mac. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
Why “be the best” when you could be the one making the rules?
In the rat race that often develops among industry professionals vying to be regarded as reputable experts in their field, it’s easy to get fixated on goals. These lofty dreams of “being the best” are shared by many, to be sure, but they can also distort one’s perspective and lead a successful professional off their ideal path. That’s because, in many cases, professionals aren’t chasing a championship in their field so much as the trappings that come with it: higher wages, increased job security and greater career satisfaction.
But while not everyone can be the best at what they do, many can reap these benefits by keeping an open mind and considering alternative directions as their career progresses. When most people talk about making a career change, that decision is the product of discontent, job loss, or both. Few people make it through the course of their careers without changing direction at least once. Exploring these different options is healthy for anyone, prompting contemplative thought about what, exactly, they want to do with their lives.
By exploring a purposeful career transition from a specialty field to the business side of operations, professionals can build upon their existing education and expertise earned over the course of their career. Instead of throwing away one’s professional background to pursue new lines of work, a transition into business could apply a unique skill set to a new market.
Hitting the ceiling on specialized career paths
Applying a specialized skill set in an equally specialized work setting can be fulfilling, but it comes with challenges. In more specialized fields, professionals face the continued challenge of evolving as the industry changes in order to maintain their current standing. This requires professionals to continue learning and growing in order to remain relevant in the job market.
And even the job market itself can be uncertain, tethered to the whims of consumers, businesses or even industry changes that threaten to render current practices useless. In these relatively narrow professional tracts, it can be hard to continue to advance through the ranks. Those who often find themselves stagnating in a position that fails to challenge them often have additional burden of few incentives for advancement.
A potentially rewarding alternative is to leave the specialty behind and instead use those experiences to market and manage operations from the business end. In this century, focused, life-long learning comes into play when selecting the type of education courses that best serve your next career goals.
Proactively transitioning to boost your influence — and your job stability
Behind every specialized industry, there is a business element helping it thrive. These functions can vary widely, from marketing to management to human resources and beyond. A familiarity with the various specializations of a given industry can be very valuable in this environment. It also provides more control – and ultimately – power to the individual professional.
Instead of working at the whims of the marketplace and hoping to keep up and excel, professionals working on the business end can have a hand in those big decisions. By directing these operations, business personnel can directly affect how the job market progresses and how the dynamics of the industry shape the demands placed on professionals working in specialty fields.
Finally, the functions of the business end are so varied and expansive that opportunity is far more abundant. By exiting a narrow, refined line of work to one allowing professionals to easily transition within itself and advance to new levels, any professional can continue to work knowing that a sizable carrot is dangling out in front of them. The motivation and satisfaction is priceless when it comes to being happy in one’s line of work. And that happiness far outweighs any pride pursuit of reaching the top of the career pyramid.
About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
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