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Making the right career moves

If you know anything about me by now, you’ll probably know I love using metaphors. Here’s one about making the right career moves, or maybe the wrong ones.

Making the right career moves

You’re driving along the motorway, following your GPS.

It’s so much easier for navigation, that you’ve become accustomed to using it these days. Relying on it even, where you previously would have trusted your gut.

You rationalise it as one less thing to have to think about. Allowing you to focus on other, more important things.

You find yourself approaching a big intersection. Lanes are peeling off left and right signalling different destinations.

crossroad with cars

You’re pretty sure which lane you need to be in. But then you get distracted by a smart sign indicating congestion ahead.

Hopefully not where you’re headed! That’s definitely something you could do without.

Suddenly your GPS is excitedly vying for your attention. What now?

It seems you were not in the right lane after all and now you’re on the wrong road heading in the wrong direction.

Furthermore, you’re now also in the heavy traffic.

Great!traffic jam

Well, you can’t exactly turn around now. That would be highly dangerous, not to mention illegal. You’re simply going to have to bide your time and wait for the next junction to exit and then course correct.

We don’t always make the right moves – even with our trusty GPSs. Sometimes we need to sit patiently and let things play out, to be able to progress forwards again.

Not always the best career moves

We don’t always make the best career moves either. Especially when multiple options appear at once. There’s often time pressure and incomplete information in the mix.

Thankfully, most career moves aren’t fatal or irreversible. We can often get back on track again with a few extra turns if necessary. And often learning some great lessons (and maybe some invaluable skills and experience) along the way!

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