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How do you know that it is time to take another step in your career? It’s not realistic to expect the company to think with you on this. The stakes of the company are much bigger than your own! A company has to answer to all of the stakeholders, of which personnel is only one, next to shareholders, clients, suppliers and the community. You can’t expect a company to take responsibility for growth in your personal career. This isn’t cynical, but realistic. As an involved employee you could become merged in with your work and become blind to your own growth in your career. For good personal career management, sometimes it’s necessary to take some emotional distance every once in a while.

As long as you, as a professional or company have something to give and to gain in trade, usually everything is fine. And if you inform your company that you want to head a certain direction with your career, it’s only fair to see if they can help you get there. And if they don’t, you’ll have to do it yourself. We will increasingly see periods of about five years where freelancers work for companies. The responsibility to manage your own career, to prepare for the next step, lies with you in this model. Thereare an estimated 800,000 freelancers in the Netherlands. It is expected that this will only rise.

In short: Think about your next step annually; are you still in place and for how long? Think about yourself in terms of: ‘What am I bringing to organisations?’ ‘In what way can I make a difference to an organisation?’ You’ll have to see yourself as a brand so you’ll have to manage marketing for yourself. In fact, you have to see yourself as a ‘me Ltd’.

The ones who keep all of the strings in hand and take action have made the first important steps.


By Paul Donkers

"my purpose is to help improve strategy execution, to create high performing teams and coach for effective business leaders"

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