Of course you have to take responsibility for your career.
Yet there are reasons why people do not.
* blaming others
* blaming the organisation
* feeling fearful about doing career explorations
* don't really realise quite how important this is
* a tendency to be a bit passive and ambivalent
( hoping that somehow somewhere else will do it all for you)
* don't actually know how
This latter point - not knowing how - arises predominantly because career planning and exploring how to develop ones career into new avenues is rarely taught. Goodness knows why not as it seems to me to be of the greatest importance.
Careers and the world of work are changing. They are not what they were even ten years ago.
So to feel on top of ones career plan and to have motivating, realistic yet also challenging and exciting career goals would seem to me to be absolutely vital.
However all too often the formulaic and highly structured medical career takes away or never provides the skills one needs to truly see where one fits in the world of work, how to capitalise on ones skills if and when one either wants a change of direction or merely to add new strings to ones bow. Even just wanting to reevaluate ones current career without any major desire for radical change or additions - can really benefit from some early stage planning and looking at ones attitudes to work.
My ebook - Easy career change - good career choice gives the initial few steps that many people leave out of career planning. Unless these early preparation stages are addressed - many people who think they are doing career planning - run out of steam or wonder why it doesn't seem to progress things along.
When asked what action to take to further a new career option - 9 out of 10 people say "rewrite my CV" . However this ebook has 9 things you need to do way way before a cv even comes into the conversation. Jump to the CV and the basic preliminary stages will not have been addressed.
For some people these 9 preparation stages may be useful but perhaps not crucial - however for most people they are completely and utterly mandatory and essential reading.