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Career protagonist or spectator? 8 indicators

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While the spectator is linked to accommodation, being reactive and lack of responsibility, the career protagonist is linked to following natural strengths, having a PDI (Individual Development Plan) and being proactive.

The conventional career plan is outdated. In the old format, the professional became a puppet dependent on the action of the other. The apparent complacency prioritized what was good for the company, without considering what was important to the individual.

Today is different, it is necessary for the professional to be in full control of his career, making his own decisions and making the necessary moves to achieve his goals, based on what is good for himself.

Career protagonist x spectator, understand the difference

The protagonist of the career is really responsible. He is a firm tip, makes it happen without having ‘bad weather’, without laziness. He delivers the deal regardless of context, obstacles, difficulties, hostilities or lack of an ideal environment.

On the other hand, the viewer of his own career is responsible only up to page 2. He is the one who performs better if the boss is liked, the scope varied, the content more interesting or innovative. It depends on the presence of external factors to do what has to be done. He’s the guy who goes very well with a manager, but when he changes boss with another profile, his performance drops.
Of course, we would all love to always have a favorable context, a healthy environment, receptive and kind interlocutors. But unfortunately, this is not always possible.

Want to know what role you are playing in your career? See the following topics, reflect and identify the aspects in your daily life!

You are a spectator of your own career if:

  1. Motivation comes from outside;
  2. Leaves the career plan in the hands of the contractors;
  3. If it depends on the company, you will continue in the same position and company until you retire;
  4. Do everything “right” to grow through time at home.

You are leading your own career if:

  • Is self-motivated;
  • Draws his own career plan, fulfills his desires on his own merits;
  • Is open to evaluating and testing new opportunities, experiences and changes;
  • Do your best, going after what is necessary to grow in the profession.

Go from spectator of your career to protagonist using PDI

The PDI (Individual Development Plan) has the function of designing career goals, analyzing the good and bad points and devising strategies to develop what is necessary.

How to make and analyze your PDI:

• Weaknesses: only enough work needs to be done to live better in society. It must occupy up to 5% of the PDI.
• Strengths: it is what the person has easily, and what is necessary for his current challenge. It must occupy 75% of the PDI.

Unknown points: this is what the person has not yet had contact with. It must compose 20% of the PDI.
Thus, when doing and following the PDI, the professional takes an active position in the career, taking control of the situation and becoming a protagonist, thus knowing where he wants to go and the paths he must follow for this, without being in the hands of anyone or anyone. waiting to fall from the sky.

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AUTHOR [Danielle Amate]