Without a formal program like this, your first step is to make your manager aware of your interests and career goals. Together, you may agree on additional assignments to gain new experience, training to gain new skills, or shadowing someone to gain exposure to a position you would consider in the future. It is important to find ways to demonstrate to your manager what you are capable of doing so that when a new opportunity comes up, you are the first one that he or she considers.
After being laid off in 2008, I became a self-employed consultant. Recently, my work led to a job offer, and I'm torn. I've grown to like the independence I now have, but it can be nerve-wracking between gigs. My husband wants me to take the job. Any insights? This is a tough one because it's a very personal decision for you and your family. You have to know who you are and what kind of environment you thrive in. Do you like being a permanent part of an organization and team? Do you want to have the opportunity to work with a lot of different organizations, which can be very stimulating and exciting? Are you looking for financial stability, or can you deal with the uncertainty you experience between positions? At the end of the day, you and your husband need to agree on what you need in terms of financial security and what is going to make you happy.
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