Three signs you’re ready for a strategic career
It doesn’t happen to all of us, and there’s no way of pinpointing when it will occur, but if you’re noticing the following three signs while you’re at work, chances are you’re ready to take on a more strategic career or step into a leadership position.
1. You’re less interested in the “doing” and more interested in the “why”
If you find yourself constantly thinking about the bigger picture, you’re clearly displaying signs of not being satisfied with the “heads down” approach and simply finishing tasks. In fact, you’ve probably already mastered your role, and find yourself consumed with thoughts about why things are done a particular way. You’ve begun focusing your energy on working out how your department connects to the overall business and its ultimate goals.
TIP: Rather than trying to work out how to connect the dots on your own, start interacting with stakeholders from other departments to help build your knowledge and find opportunities for efficiencies and collaboration.
2. You’re obsessing over your customers and competitors
You’re becoming increasingly interested in gaining insights and understanding your organisation’s customers and keeping up to date with your competitors. By considering these trends and issues it means that you’re broadening your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses within your department. This in turn helps you to better establish how the overall business can meet the needs of your sector and remain competitive.
TIP: Share any research or customer insights you’ve discovered with your team and start asking questions to work out how your department can become better aligned with customers.
3. You’re envisaging new ways to do things
You know you’re heading for a strategic career when you’re spending more time envisaging all the things that need to be done to help your organisation transform into the business it should be, not simply helping it continue to operate as it always has. That’s because you’re paying attention to what’s happening in your organisation and in your industry and you’re starting to see ways that your team, division, or even you personally, can either do more or better prioritise tasks and resources.
TIP: Organise a blue-sky brainstorm session with your team to look at where your company is now versus where it needs to be. Ask if your ideas are possible and starting thinking about what success would look like and how it could be measured.
If you can relate to one or more of these signs and it’s something you really enjoy then it sounds like you are destined for a career that involves strategic thinking.
The good news is that you don’t even have to wait, because by applying some of the tips above into your working life, you can gain a head start. When you’re ready to hone or increase your strategic thinking skills, you also have the option to start exploring other job opportunities or consider postgraduate study as a launching pad for your next career move.
A great place to explore the benefits of postgraduate study and whether it can help boost your career is by speaking to an Enrolment Advisor today. Call 1300 289 193 to for a personal consultation.