You Are Lucky in Being Satisfied in Your Career
Just for fun let's you and I, reader, consider
that you are satisifed with your current career.
It's good to find out why. You have a good
boss, good hours, good benefits and have a
great chance of being promoted soon. You
are lucky and fortunate. What are you doing
for yourself that this good fate will continue?
Are you preparing yourself for that promotion?
One thing you might consider is to informally
poll your co-workers about your performance.
No, this does not mean that you set up a
questionnaire about "how you're doing" or
set up an artificial meeting or conversation
about yourself. An informal way of measuring
yourself can be: Are you informed about the
latest personal gossip? Do your co-workers
come to you with questions about procedures?
Do they invite you to lunch, include you in
non-work activities? Are they comfortable
What about your superior's? The same type
of informal "interview" can be done with them.
What do you do with this subjective information?
You can relish it for the trust that you get from
your companions and superiors. Great to feel
rewarded by others. you can move this momentum
forward by using this good will for your promotion.
An example would be to suggest new ideas to
your "team" and check on their reactions. If
the new procedure is adapted warmly, then you
will know that you can proceed with an introcductory
plan to your superiors. If the idea or procedure is
not well thought of, you can introduce it in another
form to check on its acceptance. If, after at least
three attempts to gain favorable approval for your
idea, it is best to scrap it.
Each time you get an adequate result to your
ideas, be sure to incorporate them into the bigger
plan you will present for a promotion. This way,
your plan will almost be "pre-approved" and more
difficult for your superiors to say no.
Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A.
Certified Job & Career Transition Coach