Thinking of projects

The old way of thinking about your work experience is to use job titles and roles or positions as your buckets to demonstrate your abilities, and what you have gone through.

I suggest we change that. I suggest we think about our work in the form of projects. Projects we take on and play a role in. Some can be sequential, some may be concurrent. But think through the projects you’ve been involved, in which organisation, what capacity. What were the objectives and how did you achieve them? What did you learn along the process? How would you do better? What would you have done differently?

Consider every performance review or evaluation in this manner; and prepare well for them. This is how you keep yourself relevant in the job market, and continually prepare to seek new jobs and opportunities, and how you maintain a strong ability to position yourself, to take charge of your work and be driver of your own development.

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