Managing Your Own Career

Managing Your Own Career

October 9, 2019
Shari Steinbach
Business Skills

The work world has certainly changed over the years and the typical employee no longer retires with a secure pension from the same company they started with years before. Individuals now need to take responsibility for their job security and manage their own career path. The good news is, there is a spectrum of work possibilities for retail dietitians if you recognize potential opportunities to learn and grow in your role. Here are seven steps for managing your career with confidence.

1. Be the manager of your own business.
Nobody cares more about your career than you. By thinking of yourself as the managing director of your own business you will make proactive choices to ensure you are moving forward toward growth and possible promotions. 

2. Don’t pass up educational opportunities.
Yes, you need to give your current employer your best work, but think about what you can receive in return. Take advantage of management classes, educational travel opportunities, tuition reimbursement and the chance to foster key business relationships. The people who are going to survive and thrive in today’s market are the ones who continue to enhance their skills and develop new, relevant abilities.

3. Stay visible.
It’s ok to toot your own horn because others may not do it for you. It’s important to make sure your good work and accomplishments are noticed by leadership and that your efforts add value to the company. Keep a portfolio of key project materials and documentation of success.

4. Network online and in person.
Professional relationship building is important both within and outside your company. It’s all about, meeting people who work in your profession or your industry, and building a network of contacts. This group should know you well enough so you can bounce ideas of each other or ask a favor if needed. Your network may also be a source of career opportunities for the future.

5. Keep your eye on the industry.
Scanning the job market within your organization and how it is developing in the industry is important since retail is changing fast and will continue to do so. As retail evolves with technology, new food trends and shifting consumer needs, look at the possible avenues you may have to use your skills in a different role, to propose a new position or seek a promotion.

6. Embrace change.
Change is inevitable so you might as well embrace it as it occurs and stay positive. The individuals who embrace change are the ones who will see opportunities, learn new things and remain relevant despite a changing horizon. 

7. Have a backup plan
Our work world can be unpredictable to say the least. Management changes, new priorities and a potential job loss, through no fault of your own, can happen. Keep a plan B in mind for your career so you are ready to move if needed. By having a well thought out plan you will be able to make decisions with clarity and direction should an unexpected situation arise.