BrazenCareerist Wants to Know: What Does It Mean to Be in the Driver’s Seat of Your Career?

This Wednesday, BrazenCareerist is hosting a nation-wide meetup called “Meetup Everywhere: Crowdsource Your Career”. Across the country, people will gather to discuss what it means to take control of their career and life. These meetups will be filmed and Brazen will compile the conversations into one awesome video montage of what is sure to be an amazing collection of ideas. Pretty cool, right?

I’m curious what our readers think about this topic. How do you take control of your career/life? Do you feel like you are in the driver’s seat? Or do you feel out of control and unsure?

To me, taking control of your career means a couple of things:

Being honest with yourself.

One of the fastest ways to end up in a job you dislike is to ignore that inner voice in your head that is telling you the job is not a good fit.

Taking some risks.

I’m pretty risk-averse, so quitting a job before I have something else lined up freaks me out. But before I had my current position I decided to leave my former job and it turned out to be exactly what I needed.

Doing things other people aren’t willing to do to be the best at whatever you care about.

I am the queen of overpreparation when it comes to job interviews. It’s not efficient, but I know that I probably will be way better prepared than most other candidates.

It’s not always easy or possible to do these things because inevitably, we will sometimes feel like we aren’t in the driver’s seat. But these are the things I come back to when I feel like I need to re-gain some control.

If you’re interested in participating, you can check out the meetups that have been organized here or organize your own wherever you live. It’s not only sure to generate some great ideas, but it would be a fantastic networking opportunity for college students and recent college grads.

In the meantime, please share in the comments what taking control of your career means to you!


Kelly is a career advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she assists undergraduate business students with all aspects of their career development. Connect with Kelly on Twitter, her blog, LinkedIn or BrazenCareerist.

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