I passed a major promotion, but my career is still developing. This is what it takes
IBM's CHRO detailed her career trajectory and said that for some people, if they refuse to be promoted, resignation is definitely the right decision, but in many cases, you can still find satisfaction and success by staying in place.
Career navigation has always been challenging, whether it is looking for a new job, finding the right mentor, or striving for a promotion. Soon you will discover that there is no single path for everyone. Decisions about your career are personal, usually include family, and are based on different criteria and priorities as you grow up. Like many professionals, I learned to navigate my career through trial and error. I also learned that sometimes, the right opportunity will appear when and where you least expect it.
Early in my career, I got an international assignment in China. Although the opportunity is good, the timing is not. I have just been married for more than a year and am raising a brand new child, and my husband has just started a new job himself. We don't even have passports, let alone want to travel half of the earth. Accepting this job is a huge and terrible risk, both personally and professionally.
But after discussing this opportunity, my husband and I thought it was the right risk based on my priority at the time, which was to improve my skills and experience. In this way, we packed up and moved to China. The decision to accept an international mission finally became a defining moment in my career. I experienced the new culture, gained an outside-in view of our business instead of working at headquarters, and learned to pay more attention to listening and empathy.
After the one-year mission was over, I was asked to extend my working hours in Asia. This role will be one promotion and another promotion in my career. But my decision again boils down to prioritized risks. In the end, I knew that this position was not suitable for my family. My husband and I are planning to have another child. From a skill point of view, this role itself is not of interest to me. I politely rejected this proposal and returned to the United States, this time taking a horizontal position in a new field.
I have always considered myself a high achiever with a career-centric way of thinking. In passing on that promotion, I worried that I might be considered not ambitious enough or fully committed to my career. But when I really thought about what I wanted, for my family and my career, I realized that giving up a promotion was actually my best choice.
You may find yourself in a similar situation. The pandemic has forced many of us to reassess our priorities, how we want to spend our days, and question what we want to do with this time. Many employees believe that resignation is the only option, rather than accepting roles or opportunities that the current employer does not need. However, before you adopt the mentality that it is best to move on, consider that if you are willing to have the right conversation with your manager, your position will change. Here are some tips from my personal experience:
Know and know what you want. Whether it's more money, flexibility, status, better positions, autonomy, or some combination of these-don't apologize. Usually, this starts with being honest with yourself.
Get ready to participate in your professional conversation. These conversations may seem scary, but if you take the time to think carefully about your goals and specify what you need to achieve them, your chances of success will be much greater. If the conversation starts to turn, turn to your priorities. Honesty can guide the conversation and ultimately not only satisfy you, but also help inform and build a more stable and positive relationship with your manager.
Consider the importance of developing skills instead of chasing the next promotion. When I returned to the U.S. for that horizontal position, it finally entered the human resources field that I had never worked in before. I have acquired new professional knowledge and skills-I have the opportunity to really go deep into a particular field. Over the next 15 years, these skills opened up new job opportunities, projects, and promotion opportunities, and they continue to serve me today. So don't underestimate the power of developing new skills. They are your greatest resource, and they usually bring bigger and better opportunities.
The pandemic has fundamentally changed the workplace and forced us all to think about things that are truly important to us personally and professionally. For some people, moving forward is definitely the right decision, but in many cases, if you are willing to take informed and prioritized risks and have a transparent conversation, you can still find satisfaction and success by sticking to it. In my career, this mentality has made everything different.
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