To accelerate your rise to the top of your profession consider job hopping from company to company asking for more responsibility and money at each leap. “Companies are looking for people who have broad experiences and people who can capture knowledge, absorb it quickly and advance into other positions,” writes Curtis Crawford author of “Corporate Rise: The X Principles of Extreme Personal Leadership.”
Crawford also recommends:
Identify what you want to do. Develop a comprehensive personal career plan and review it with your supervisor. Articulate what you want to accomplish and where you want to be.
Develop a relationship with your supervisor and his or her boss. “You’re living in the dark if you believe you can advance without your boss,” says Crawford. “People who have high aspirations should not be ashamed to let it be known. Talk to your boss about taking on broader responsibilities, ask how she got where she is and discuss how you can earn the right to move ahead.”
Find a mentor who can guide you through your career transitions. Consider hiring a professional mentor or career coach, or just identify a mentor within your company or your field.
Strive for excellence. No matter where you are, the quality of your work matters. “People who want to be in leadership positions cannot be satisfied with mediocre levels of accomplishment,” says Crawford.
Don’t overlook lateral moves. “Move into strategic positions to gain knowledge that competitors in your field won’t have — the result of lateral moves is faster acceleration to the top.” You’ll also experience less friction from your peers when you change jobs laterally within the same company, and you’ll be able to see your work from a different perspective.
Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com
The following slides illustrate the history and predictions on the global economy through 2050 [Presented by Spiegel Online with data sourced from Madison, IMF, and Goldman Sachs]. Click on any slide to display in a larger size.
The World in 2005
China has risen to the ranks of a global economic power and sets out on a course to surpass other nations in terms of economic might. Russia lags, India starts to develop, even if only gradually.
The World in 2050
The investment bank Goldman Sachs peers into the time machine: China has soared above the United States. Europe, once the motor of industrialization, has fallen markedly behind — even India is ahead. Resource rich Russia has reestablished itself as a global player.
More and more Americans are looking at where they want to live first and who they want to work second. 66% of all 25-34 year olds have this mindset. Why are people open open to this, becaue they are seeking:
- Affordable Housing
- Access to Excellent Schools
- Parks and Green Space
Would you be happier by choosing the place you want to live first and then a company second? Read the entire study:
Find your dream town, then a job. [Fortune, Anne Fisher]
Also see America’s Best Places to Live. [CNNMoney.com]
Top 5: Fort Collins, CO – Naperville, IL – Sugar Land, TX – Columbia, MD – Cary, NC.
The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies released an in-depth analysis of recent commuting trends. The study discusses aging baby boomers, immigrants and the impact that they will have on commuting. If you live in a large city commuting most likely effects your work and personal life. Here are some interesting statistics from the article:
- The number of new solo drivers grew by almost 13 million in the 1990s.
- The number of workers with commutes lasting more than 60 minutes grew by almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2000.
- Men make up the majority of early-morning commuters, from midnight to 7:30 a.m. Women tend to commute later and make up the majority of commuters after around 7:30 a.m.
- The number of Americans who commute from the city to the suburbs exceeds the number of those commuting from suburbs to the city and accounts for 9 percent of commuting activity.
- From 1990 to 2000, the number of Americans commuting from the city to the suburbs increased by 20 percent.
- While the population over age 65 grew by only 12 percent from 1990 to 2000, workers over 65 increased by 21 percent.
- 30 million vehicles were added to households from 1990 to 2000, and 13 million of those were added to households that already had two or more vehicles.
Read the full study:
Commuting in America III. [Transportation Research Board]
Balance your thinking when your company provides you with an opportunity to transfer to another area. Pondering the Social, Financial, and Emotional aspects of the decision may be critical to your long-term happiness. Read the following article by Associated Press writer Lisa Singhania to get a baseline opinion on what to consider.
Transfers can boost career but need to be weighed carefully. [Lisa Singhania – Associated Press]