Video: Your career is, firstly, about you from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

Your career is, firstly, about you from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

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Today, we’re talking about something that’s probably quite a bit different from what you’ve heard in all the other talks today. in all the other talks today we focused on the externals — the resumes, the interviews, the dress styles, making the best of your job, pleasing your managers, pleasing your coworkers, please everybody else. Something that I have always done in my career column, Career Opportunities, since 1997, is I’ve done exactly the opposite. when I started writing that column I always figured there was plenty of people out there who have better advice about resumes and interview skills and all that stuff. What I wanted to talk about was the personal side of careers. The fact is, there are a lot of externals that go on — we have to worry about our resumes and our interviews and do we have all our ducks in a row and our paperwork and that’s required. Part of, any part of career or life, there are always those hoops you have to jump through. It’s not fun, but it is required. You’ve just got to do some of that, but I am going to say something a little heretical — I am going to say a little career heresy here and say those things are not the most important things about your career. In fact, those externals are some of the — in the big picture — least important things about your career. The fact is, your career is about you. It’s not about someone else. It’s not about your manager. it’s not about your boss. It’s not about the company you work for. It’s about you. You have to live within your career 24/7. You’ve got to deal with it. It’s about you. 

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