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Career Q&A features expert insights by Bina Jhaveri, Executive Coach, on dealing with career related confusions related to career growth within the industry.

Q: I have 12 years of experience in this hospitality industry. I am happy with my current role as an L&D Manager and the organization that I work with, but I am not sure about my career growth. What are the options I have in future? A: I would like to acknowledge that you seem passionate about the hospitality industry. With 12 years of experience behind you, I hope you are proud of where you are today and how far you have come.

The Positives: Your mention of working with an organization that is one of the recognized names within the industry, especially when it comes to L&D. Your being in this very special role of L&D Manager means you are already considered a value and an asset to the company, so congratulations are in order! You have also mentioned that you love the company and your role, two other big positives.

Deeper Self-Assessment: While I am not clear on how long you have been in this role, if you are beginning to question your growth potential, you must understand this on a much deeper level in order to access the net of the situation.

Ask yourself the following questions and answer with honestly, confidence and belief:

1. Why am I questioning my growth potential in the first place? I love my industry and I am also committed to my company and my role. Do I doubt my capabilities on some level, which is creating a question regarding my growth potential?

2. Have I been in this position for a few years now and am I not being recognized or am I fearful of something which I am not clear of? Could it be that I am getting ahead of myself instead of embracing my current position with contentment and surety?

3. Have I exhausted my role in its entirety or do I have more to learn and prove? Have I clearly communicated to my boss that I am ready for a change or do I expect him/her to know automatically?

4. Am I branding myself enough & welcoming recognition or do I shy away from receiving praise? Am I open and able to see new opportunities or do I wait for others to tell me?

5. What motivational factors are driving me to grow now? Is it monetary, satisfaction oriented or a new challenge all together that I am looking for?

6. If I was to move to the next career phase, what would it be? Will it simply be a new title or a whole new career path? If I am offered a new role, am I really ready? Can I articulate what it looks and feels like? Do I have a plan for myself or am I in a bit of a complacent place at the moment?

Gaining Clarity: By answering these questions, you will understand deeper intentions which will in turn, help you close this dilemma. Sometimes, we think we want change but we don’t know what that change looks like. Other times, it may not be change that is required but rather bringing passion back into our jobs (especially if you already love what you do) and finding the extraordinary in the day to day ordinary. Once we do that, our efforts get recognized automatically.

Power is in the Present: Focusing on the now and doing your best in your current role will automatically extend a bridge forward for you and take you to the next level. At times, putting too much thought into the future, takes away from our present state of being. That begins working against us over time. People recognize action and actions always speak louder than our words. Act with passion, intention & enthusiasm to ensure you embrace your current role to the max. It will surely open doors for you, sooner than later.

Bina Jhaveri has over 20 years of global professional experience, including since 2011, as reputed business consultant, writer, an intuitive strategist, executive and spirit coach. She works with professionals from several corporates, forging unique partnerships, helping them attain and exceed their goals whilst generating path-breaking results within their lives. Bina is also a writer by passion, who writes for several lifestyle magazines & blogs.

*The ideas expressed are the writer’s personal opinion and are not being made in any official capacity.

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Posted on: August 17th, 2012 | Author: | One Comment

My article as featured on Headhonchos.com

Career Q&A features expert insights by Bina Jhaveri, Executive Coach, on dealing with career related confusions about stepping into unknown territory.

Q: I  am  working  with  an  organisation  for past  15  years  in  my  hometown,  which  is  not  a  metro. Due to family commitments, I couldn’t move out to take up lucrative career options. Now  I  want  to  change  my  job  as  I  don’t see any career  growth  in my current organisation, although there  is  lot  of  potential  for  the  organisation  to  grow. My contribution has been acknowledged by the promoters, but has not been translated into career growth.At present I am confused as to what to do,  should  I  move  to  large  city to join  rat  race  of  high  salaries  &  status  or  should  continue  to  work  in  the  same  organisation  with  comfortable  life. Kindly  advice  what  I  should  do  before  it  is  very  late.

A: It seems that you are at a juncture where you are raising more questions than finding answers. It can be difficult when this occurs, at any age, as we begin feeling paralyzed or almost stuck in our own heads, let alone our life. That can be detrimental for one’s personal esteem as well as self-confidence.

To begin with, you must ask yourself, what defines me? Is it my family, my job, respect, money or success? On a scale of 1-10, where does each of these rate? Am I willing to sacrifice one for the other? If you find yourself rating any of the options over a 7, then you know it means a lot to you and you may even be serious about it. However, if you did not rate any of them a 10 on 10, then you might not be serious enough to create change around it. When you are serious, there is no doubt in your mind as to what you want to do.

Your Priority: You must ask yourself, what your priority is: family, career, respect, money or success. What matters that most and are you willing to sacrifice one for the other? When you do not have any doubt in your mind, you will get clarity on your priority and you will be focused around creating momentum around it every single day.

Ease into your path: As you seem unsure about what is right for you, I suggest you do not dive into a drastic move at the onset. This is the time for inner investigation of your life goals and future plans with clarity and renewed vision. Ease into your path naturally, whatever it may be. In other words, begin thinking and getting excited about a possible new journey ahead of you, rather than a definite outcome at the point.

Take the plunge: Speak to your friends who work in metros and see how you would feel if you were there? Try contacting employers and setup a few interviews. You must also find out whether you require new skills in order to work in other city or industries. The purpose of this is to see if after all this time, can you actually adjust in a new environment, a new company dynamics and most importantly, away from your family.

Whether you fester up the courage to go back to your organization and ask for a raise or venture anew, you want to ensure that you don’t fall into the same fix. Remember, familiar territory is always comforting, especially when you have spent years there and are used to a particular work style and people ethic of an organization.  So be clear as to why the current circumstance is, whether you are genuinely committed to change, and how the future will be different.

Bina Jhaveri has over 20 years of global professional experience, as reputed business consultant, an intuitive strategist, executive and spirit coach. She works with professionals from several corporates, forging unique partnerships, helping them attain and exceed their goals whilst generating path-breaking results within their lives. Bina is also a writer by passion, who writes for several lifestyle magazines & blogs.

*The ideas expressed are the writer’s personal opinion and are not being made in any official capacity.

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