Managing your career is a process that is self driven. Each individual is in control of where they want to go, how they will get there, and how long it will take. There is a saying in career development, “You can prepare to be a restaurant management and may never reach your goal. If you don’t prepare, it is certain that you never will be one.”
It is a perfect scenario if job seekers land a position where the manager understands the importance of helping their team develop a career management plan. This is not always the case so employees must create their own ‘action plan.’ It is up to each individual to determine their own career goals and plan their own level of achievement.
The length of the career development cycle depends on several factors. The first element is your personality and determination. The biggest obstacle is a sense of entitlement. The more you believe that things should be handed to you – the longer it will take to reach your goals. The person who succeeds is the one who is hungry for knowledge and willing to give 110% to anyone, or thing, that can help them learn their goals.
They are willing to take self-development far beyond what the average person does. When the restaurant management course, or experience, doesn’t land you a dream job then try some personal development. Are you the type of person a high profile restaurant owner can see as the manager of their establishment?
This may require taking some personal development courses and attending some seminars. Some hot topics include negotiation, communication skills, team management, personality identification and development. Take time to take a hard look at yourself.
- How do you handle stress?
- How are your problem solving skills?
- Have you invested in your communication skills?
- Can you diffuse an emotionally charged situation, or do you incite employee discord?
- What motivates you to reach your goals?
- What will success look like? Will you know when you reach your goals?
- How much time/money do you have to invest in your career?
- What is the most important thing in your life?
- What is your passion? Remember a passion is not something you feel strongly about, but something you do something about.
- What things in the past have caused you to abandon your goals? This may offer a clue to help identify the things that are really important to you.
It is important to put the answers on paper. They may change over time as you discover yourself and what you want out of life.