I do a lot of career planning with my clients, and these are the top 3 options that I return to over and over again. I’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each, and how to put each one into practice.
Today’s career development is not about finding “a” (singular) path or climbing up a ladder. Many (most?) careers today are much more flexible or modular. They will grow and change over time, as you both vertically move up in responsibilities and scope but also laterally to apply your skills and experience to new areas or in new ways.
Some people call this the career playground – where you move about your career doing whatever feels right for that moment in your life; there’s no predetermined path or “right” way to play on the equipment. While I agree there’s not really ladders anymore, I don’t use the playground metaphor.