Do You Have a Career Path?


Are you positioning yourself for a bright future – or hammering nails into a “career coffin” with each passing workday?

Without a well-defined career path, it’s tough to know.

Technology and entire industries are evolving more rapidly than ever. New jobs and career fields are continually emerging – often, making others obsolete.

How can you tell if you’re headed in the right direction, positioning yourself for a fulfilling career with raises, promotions and a secure future? Below are ten questions you should ask yourself to make sure you’re on a path of success.

Am I on the right career path? 10 questions to ask:

  • When I get out of bed in the morning, am I excited to go to work – or dreading it?
  • Does my current job allow me to do what I’m naturally good at?
  • At the end of the workday, do I feel like I’ve accomplished something valuable and meaningful – or just spent another day spinning my wheels?
  • Do I have a clear understanding of what my next job (i.e., a promotion) looks like, and do I know how I’m going to get there?
  • How robust is the industry I work in? Is it expanding or evolving in a positive way?
  • When work gets challenging, do I feel defeated or excited?
  • Does my job allow me to develop new, transferable job skills? Does it appropriately challenge me and push me outside my comfort zone?
  • Do I eventually want to be doing the work my boss – and their boss – does?
  • Am I just working for a paycheck – or does my work, in and of itself, bring me fulfillment?
  • Do leaders in my organization or my field inspire me?

Need a little help mapping your career path?

Start by reading these earlier posts:

Does Your Career Path Need GPS?

How to Tell If Your Current Job Isn’t Right for You

It’s Not Just Luck – Here’s How to Position Yourself for a Promotion

Then, partner with a PrideStaff recruiter. Our experts will take the time to understand where you are and where you want to be – and then help you chart a clear course for success. Contact your local PrideStaff office or search jobs today.