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What do career-driven people have in common?

In today’s world, we put a lot of emphasis on progress.

Even the Consult Recruitment team produces at least 3-lists a week on ways to get ahead, but recently it’s had me thinking, is the next thing always the best thing? 

Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to partner with a wide variety of career-driven people, each with their own aspirations. While they’re unique in many ways, the common thread that unites them seems to be a view that their current job is a stepping stone towards their ultimate career goal. While it’s natural to aspire for more, I’ve often thought this perspective might cause us (myself included) to overlook the growth opportunities right in front of us. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offers an insightful alternative to always looking for the next rung on the ladder. He suggests focusing on doing the best work of your career in the job you’re already in. In other words, don’t see your current role as an obstacle, but rather an opportunity to showcase your enthusiasm, commitment, and thirst for knowledge. 

This viewpoint compels us to change our mindset. Instead of viewing our jobs as tasks we need to “get through,” we start seeing them as valuable experiences we can “get something from”. This shift in mindset encourages us to extract value and learning from our everyday tasks and interactions, rather than simply ticking off to-do lists.

To quote entrepreneur Steven Bartlett of ‘The Diary of a CEO’: “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” But this action isn’t just about making big career moves, it’s about investing meaningful effort in what we’re doing right now.

Embracing this mindset not only accelerates personal and professional growth but also sends a powerful message to those around you. A person who displays commitment, enthusiasm, and a thirst for learning is a person who stands out. As a “long in the tooth” recruiter (haha), I can tell you that these are the ones who get noticed (and rewarded).

Every job, no matter its perceived importance, holds potential. By shifting your perspective, we can uncover these hidden opportunities. Embrace the chances for growth and learning in your current job. As you do so, you might find you’re not only doing the best work of your career but also forging a path to exciting future opportunities.

When you’re pondering the year and longing for that next job maybe take a step back and remember: Our current roles are not just stepping stones but launching pads for growth and success. The best preparation for the future lies in making the most of today.

About the author

Angela Cameron - CA, CPA

Executive Director

A chartered accountant by qualification, she is a recruitment leader by nature.

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