Are You a Rhino, Elephant, Ostrich or Rabbit?

Are You a Rhino, Elephant, Ostrich or Rabbit?

Navigating Professional Choices in a Non-Linear Career Landscape

In today’s ever-evolving career landscape, the traditional linear path to success is no longer the norm. As Arianna Huffington wisely noted, “Most people’s careers zigzag and are full of unexpected moves and failures that lead to something better.” This shift towards non-linear career trajectories brings with it a new set of professional choices and opportunities for growth.

In a recent coaching session with Eric, a thoughtful and proactive young professional, we delved into one such pivotal moment in his career journey. Although he’s doing well in his current role, he’s feeling a sense of restlessness for what’s next. With a keen sense of self-awareness and initiative, he’s choosing to invest time exploring potential side gigs and future career paths, preparing himself for what may be in the future.

Eric wants to bring thoughtfulness and intentionality to the direction of his career, and is making the proactive choice to focus on self-improvement and skill-building. He’s committing to informational interviews, self-guided learning, and setting meaningful goals.

Navigating Professional Choices may involve the following:

  • Leaving a current job or embarking upon a new career
  • Creating a plan for a side hustle
  • Taking time off or venturing out on one’s own
  • Dedicating greater effort to one’s current role

The Power of Thoughtfulness and Proactivity

  • By reflecting on his career aspirations and areas for growth, Eric identified opportunities for learning and development outside of his current role.
  • His proactive outreach and networking efforts provided valuable insights into a new industry and potential future paths.
  • Eric’s thoughtful goal-setting and self-reflection helped him maintain a sense of purpose and direction, even in the face of his daily challenges.
  • By advocating for himself and seeking out projects that align with his interests, Eric demonstrated the importance of being proactive in shaping his career’s journey.

As a coach, my role is to support and guide Eric in cultivating a mindset of curiosity and growth, developing a strategic approach to career exploration, providing a sounding board for his ideas, and offering tools for effective decision-making and goal-setting.

Eric’s journey serves as a reminder that in navigating the professional choices of a non-linear career path, thoughtfulness, intentionality and proactivity are essential. By reflecting on what matters to you, exploring new opportunities, and taking strategic action towards what you desire, you can cultivate a sense of purpose and resilience in the face of challenges.

I invite you to consider…

  • Which professional choices resonate with you at this stage in your career?
  • How can you approach these choices with thoughtfulness, intentionality and proactivity?
  • What steps can you take to explore new opportunities and gain clarity on your career aspirations?

Remember, your career journey is a unique and ongoing process. By embracing the non-linear nature of modern careers and approaching your professional choices with thoughtfulness and proactivity, you can navigate the twists and turns with greater clarity, purpose, and resilience.