1) Over-thinker. The person who thinks about every career option as a scary risk, finding flaws and roadblocks to each one. They spend hours, days, weeks, and even years pondering what they should do next. Meanwhile, time marches on in their dead-end jobs. They don’t build any new skills. Eventually, they find themselves part of a “corporate restructuring” where they get a month’s severance and get thrust into an unexpected job search.
2) One-track-minder. The person who knows exactly what he or she wants to do and has no desire to consider any alternate options. Convinced they’ve got the perfect master plan, they work like crazy, often to the point of exhaustion. Over time, their intensity works against them. Co-workers and managers see them as too rigid and controlling, which often gets them passed over for promotions. And, in some cases, let go for failing to be a good team player.
3) All-talker. The person that loves to talk about his or her career, but never really takes action. They’re full of ideas and sound very convincing they’ll be a huge success. They seem to have it all figured out. However, as time passes, you notice they aren’t moving along in their careers. They always have an excuse, and it’s usually someone else’s fault they aren’t where they should be. Eventually, they lose credibility and find people actively try to avoid career conversations with them.
4) Open-Roadster. The person who feels fate will guide him or her on the career journey. If they just keep an open mind and let the opportunities present themselves, they believe they’ll find the careers they were meant to have. Over time, they drift from career to career, never really establishing any particular skill or specialty. They claim they’re enjoying the process, but as the years pass, they find themselves with diminishing options and not a lot of money saved for retirement.
Looking back on your career, can you identify with any of these mentalities? If so, it might also explain why you aren’t where you want to be professionally.
Original Article by J.T O’Donnell