It’s Time to Redefine “Career Path”

October 2, 2018

Career Advice

Newsflash: you know that career path you’re envisioning? The nice linear one where you graduate with a degree then get a job that’s relevant to your major then get promoted from an associate to a senior position then a manager and finally a director? It might not exist. At least according to a recent article by the Harvard Business Review.

Even the phrase “career ladder” is a myth–or at least not a must. There are lots of non-linear opportunities that can be found throughout one’s career. When it comes to career paths, a lot of the focus is traditionally placed on job titles and the linear progression of promotions from a junior position to a more senior position. But it’s important to think about more than just titles: what lifestyle do you want to live? What excites you? How do you want to grow? Finding a position that better suits your lifestyle and goals is a step in the right direction–regardless of the title!

There are so many different ways to measure career growth beyond a promotion or title change. Think about what new skill you can acquire, what new training you can undertake, or what kind of new project you can complete. It’s time to stop beating yourself up about that promotion and instead look inward. Just remember this: your career path can be defined however you want it to be!

Image via Mike Lewinski/Flickr.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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