There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about career success for Assistants. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition. It could be that you define success as having a fantastic salary, amazing job title, or office all to yourself. It could be that you work in an incredible industry or you have a genuinely inspiring visionary Executive. It could be that you have an enjoyable stress free job that finishes at 5 pm every day and you happily leave the office without a backwards glance. However, you measure success; the important thing is that you measure it. Why should you measure career success? It can be so easy for people to compare themselves to others and see their career journey in terms of how others define success. Sure competition is good, but you really should take the time to determine what success means to you. Here are five questions you can ask yourself that will help you measure your career success.
How do you measure your career success?
Are you happy?
Or in other words, how do you feel on Monday morning? If you start to get the work fear on Sunday night and by Monday morning you are ready to resign (and this happens every week), I think we all know that you might not be very happy at work. I’m not saying every Monday you should be skipping into the office with a massive grin on your face, but you should feel a sense of expectation for the week ahead and some excitement about your work. If you are not happy
Are you making an impact?
For me, this is so important. It can be so disheartening when you put real effort into your work, and it just falls into the void. I know I’ve achieved something when the work I create has an impact, and I think this is a great way to judge your success. When you work closely with an Executive your job, the things you create can have a significant impact on your Executive and the wider business. Assistants are in a great place to influence and create impact. It doesn’t have to be world-changing, sometimes the simplest things can make the most significant difference.
Are you respected / valued / listened to?
Assistants are such an integral part of every organisation, and so many people rely on Assistants for their success. It can be hard to step back and look at your success when you work so hard to make your Executive and your team a success. But this in itself is such a massive sign of success – you are influential. People listen to you and value your knowledge and what you have to say. When you are asked your opinion, and your voice is heard, you are appreciated.
Do you have strong working relationships?
It is a great feeling when you walk into your office, and the people around you genuinely care about you. It adds something to your career success when you work with people you care about, and they champion your career success. Enjoying your work and the people you work with is a robust measurement for success.
How far have you come, and what have you learnt?
What are the lessons you have learned along your career path? What skills have you picked up? How do you react to failure, and when do you challenge yourself? These are all additional questions to think about when you look back on how far you have come so far. If you are moving forward, you are succeeding. If you are striving to learn and grow, you are succeeding.