Our beliefs

Career management takes work. That's why we've created these beliefs to help guide your efforts.
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1. You need to own your career

Don’t let others define it for you. You’re going to live it, so you should be the one in control . No one else is as well-qualified or motivated to guide your path.

2. Start by understanding yourself

The more you learn about who you are as a person, the more fulfilled you’ll be able to be professionally. Having a strong sense-of-self is a real asset that can benefit you not only at work, but in all aspects of your life. 

3. Set goals and commit to achieving them

While many of us go through the annual ritual of goal-setting at work, too few of us take the time to define broader career goals. Articulating your career goals will help focus your day-to-day activities and long-term planning.

4. Sharpen your foundational skills

No matter what you do for work, you’ll benefit from mastering core skills like authenticity, collaboration, and resilience. Hone these early in your career, and you’ll benefit for life.

5. Establish your team and build your network

No one is truly self-made. Every successful person has a team of mentors and others supporting them along the way. Get this team in place, and supplement it with a strong professional network.

6. Keep learning

Commit to being a lifelong learner. Be curious. Ask questions. You may be done with formal schooling, but you are never done learning. Every situation you’re in, everything you do well or not well, creates a learning opportunity.

7. Get comfortable with advocating for yourself

Learning how to ask for what you want will make it more likely that you actually get what you want.

8. Learn how to recover from setbacks

We all make mistakes, and we all have setbacks. You need to learn from them, recover from them, and move on from them.
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9. Live your values

Get clear on what’s most important to you early in your career. Then stay true to those principles, even when it’s hard. As you protect what’s most important, it will get easier to keep doing so over time.

10. Keep your options open

As you grow professionally, it’s inevitable that certain career choices will fall away. Focus on always having a viable Plan B and Plan C. Take the actions needed at work and in life to maintain these options.

11. Believe in yourself and in your plan

If you’ve done the planning and the work, and you’re living your values, you’re putting yourself in the best position you can to achieve your career objectives. That’s all any of us can do.

12. If you’re not happy or feeling fulfilled, do something about it

We all spend way too much time at work to not be happy. We also have more professional choices than any generation before us. If you feel stuck, burned out, or miserable, make a change!
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