Voice of the Restaurant Industry
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.
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.