Crafting Your Career with Purpose

Sometimes, MBAs are so eager to land their next role that they say yes to the first job offer they get, but we want to caution you to be more intentional. Your goal is not to find just any job; it is to find the right job for you. And, to be clear, there is very likely more than one job that would be right for you. So, how do you avoid the wrong ones? 

Be introspective. 

Look for advice and exercises that can help you figure out what is most important for you to gain from your career. The following articles and books are good places to start: 

Be strategic. 

Use the following exercises to create a list of things you want from your next job/career. Then, assess your current role (and/or your target roles) using that list. Where are the gaps? What small (or big) steps can you take to get closer to your ideal? 

  • Initiate conversations with people in your target roles to learn about their experiences and get advice on how to pivot toward their role. 
  • Sign up for an online class or certification course to supplement your on-the-job experiences. 
  • Ask for projects that are outside the typical scope of your job but that will expose you to new people or help you develop new skills that would be valued in your target role.

Be intentional.

Evaluate each new opportunity with a critical eye. Compare it to what you have determined you want in your next role. How does it stack up? Will you need to make any trade-offs? And if so, are you compromising on the things that are most important to you? Know exactly why you are accepting—or not—the position you have been offered. 

Bottom line.

Find your purpose, and let it guide you.

mbaMission’s Career Coaches are happy to explore with you any career-related topics, including selecting a path, crafting your professional narrative, and maximizing the effectiveness of your job search, during a complimentary, 30-minute career consultation. Sign up for your free session today!

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