Do You Have a Career or a Job?

Now is the time to answer this question!

There is still a good deal of uncertainty lingering in the managed care industry.  Health care reform, expanding government, new regulations, and possible new reimbursement rates are still issues yet to be resolved.  Everyone wants more clarity, but a clear course of action remains elusive.

One thing that is clear – there will be more opportunities for career growth in 2011 than ever before.  Managed care nurses who are proactive about their careers are in a strong position to capitalize on new opportunities.  Those who are sitting on the sidelines, waiting to see what happens to their jobs, could find themselves out of the game.  Everyone must decide if they have a career or a job.  If you have a career you’ll thrive.  If all you have (or want) is a job then the next few years could be a fearful experience.

A career has a concept of personal development.  A job has a concept of needing money to do something else.

To grow in your career, you need to:

1. Set goals for development and advancement

2. Set priorities

3. Develop a plan

4. Use opportunities and changes to either advance or refine your plan

5. Review (Go back to step #1)

You should review annually what you did last year and what you plan for next year.  Keep your plans where you can easily read them any day of the year.  Look for growth in each area of your career.  If you see an area that has not improved, focus more on that area on your next plan.

Set goals for yourself.  The goals need be measurable because you must be able to tell when you’ve accomplished one of your goals.  Set goals that make you stretch.  All successful people have failed.  It’s how you deal with setbacks that count.  If you have never failed then you have never reached!