As we celebrate our nation’s birthday and freedom this 4th of July , I encourage you to also take a moment and contemplate your career freedom.
While we all are familiar with the following famous words, have you ever asked yourself how it applies to you and your career?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – from the Declaration of Independence
Can you have both?
Are careers and freedom mutually exclusive? Or can they be compatible and used within the same sentence? While many
have pursued their own businesses, others would simply like to add a bit more flexibility and autonomy to their current work structure. For example, when you don’t own decisions which impact your work, you may start to feel enclosed or as a victim and that is not good for either you or your employer.
Where do I start?
- Identify what Freedom means to you. Is it a freedom to work wherever you want? Is it about “time” and setting your own schedule, or at least, flexing it when needed or desired? Is it having the ability to work on different projects or with new clients so the job isn’t so repetitive?
- Make your Case. Once you define what career freedom changes you will request, do your homework to be able to present the proposal, having thoughtfully planned what needs to be done. Do you have the transferrable skills? What training do you need? Will others be impacted?
- Consider Options. Be prepared to discuss alternatives if the answer is “no”. Do you have a variation of the requested change to present? Is it a matter of timing? If so, can you revisit the idea at another time? If obstacles are presented, do you have solutions? If not accepted, can you transfer to another department or leave the company to pursue your dream of career freedom?
Freedom – it’s something we all crave and need. Some of the best changes in life come as a result of feeling constrained and searching for something different. In any case, continue to keep your skills current, build and maintain a network of people and keep abreast of changes in your field or industry.
If, after reading this, you would like to pursue your own version of career freedom, I’d love to explore that possibility with you. Contact me at Patriciaedwards2@verizon.net or call me at 813/843-6934 for a free consult.