Last week, I was invited by Anurag Mohit, Vice President – Compensation & Benefits, Growth Markets to speed mentor IBM Compensation Professionals in Growth Markets on ‘Career Advancement using Social’, as part of Velocity – the Career Fest. It was really interesting to talk to IBMers across the globe and provide them with guidance.
I was honored to be a mentor along with some real heavy weights, like Shantanu Jha, VP, HR Integrated Services Team, Anil Jalali, Region HR Partner Leader – Asia, Aruna Padmanabhan, Director (HR) – Area South and Nickle Lamoreaux, HR Vice President, Growth Markets.
One key theme which emerged from the conversation was, “How do I create my career advancement plan?” I am sharing my thoughts with you all.
Career is not your next role – it is your overall plan. Your next role may help you get there. As Nickle Lamoreaux aptly puts it “Your career is not a sprint; it is a marathon.” Lemme share a simple plan that I follow:
Set a goal: Career advancement starts with knowing where to go – having a plan for your career. Most of the time we fail to do that and then we wonder why, that too after losing considerable time! This sounds like a cliché, but having a plan allows you to see the goal clearly.
Plan your moves: Once your goal is set, understand and work with your career mentor (now you know you should definitely have a career mentor) to see what will be the next few roles you would need to get there.
Get skilled: This goes without saying. As you plan your next move (discussed in point 2) you would need skills to make you eligible and competent for that role. Again, your skills mentor (now you know you should have a skills mentor) should be able to help you here but the onus lies with you. I am glad that a few IBMers reached out to me to mentor them on Social Media after the event!
Network: I cannot stress enough on this point. This is a key point in career advancement. Now, if you look at the word, it clearly says Network = Net+Work. Don’t just add people to your circle and feel happy about it. You need to invest time and effort to nurture those relations. Social Media allows you to showcase your work and engage with your network and that in return will allow people to know your skills and help you grow further.
The more your share, the more people will recognize you. If you stay in your silo and do awesome work, only your manager and team will know. So go out there and shine – create your SocialGlamor which will allow you to showcase yourself.
Edited by: Vanitha Poojary
- The Importance of Finding a Mentor (execu-search.com)
- Career at a crossroads? (reed.co.uk)
- Are you Walking the Walk? 5 ways to get your career in motion. (bcwn.wordpress.com)