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Are you investing in career

A successful entrepreneur must have a clear plan followed by continuous reassessment of growth before reaping profits. Building a winning career demands a similar approach. Your returns depend on the quantity and quality of investment you make in your career.

Print Edition: October 4, 2007

A successful entrepreneur must have a clear plan followed by continuous reassessment of growth before reaping profits. Building a winning career demands a similar approach. Your returns depend on the quantity and quality of investment you make in your career. This quiz will help you understand better

Do you enjoy what you are doing?
a» I love my job and would like to continue in this field
b» I am trying to find out my area of interest
c» I am not sure about what work I’d like to do and it does not matter

How good are you at your work?
a» I am somewhat of an authority in my field
b» I am constantly trying to better my level of performance
c» I manage whatever is required from me

3. Do you have a long-term professional vision?
a» I have complete clarity about my career goals
b» I am in the process of creating my goals
c» I like to take work as it come

4. Do you undertake training programmes and look for avenues for re-skilling?
a» I invest time and resources on upgrading my skills
b» I periodically update myself on new developments
c» I attend development programmes only if asked to

5. What would you look for in a new job?
a» If it can it get me closer to my areas of interest
b» Better work environment and the company name
c» Monetary gains

6. How important is stability at work for you?
a» It is critical for consistency and planned growth
b» A reasonable stability in whatever I do
c» Not much. Better salary is my guiding mantra

7. How important is professional networking for you?
a» I am an active member of all the major networks of my field
b» I attend forums I am nominated for
c» I don’t like to network professionally

8. How do you treat each day at work?
a» I try to add value to work every single day and constantly raising the bar
b» I am reasonably focused and try to meet targets on time
c» Handle each day’s work as it comes

Interpreting the quiz: The ABC of career investing

Mostly As - Long-term Investor Investor

Congratulations. You are focused on your career and are actively investing in it in terms of time, resources and interest. You like to take considered decisions, which will help you build a career that is in line with your long-term goals.

Mostly Bs - Medium-term Investor

Almost on track. You are investing just enough in your career to be successful in whatever you do. Your decisions about career depend on what may be important for you at a given point in time. Time to start thinking long term.

Mostly Cs - Short-term Trader

You view your work as a job to be done and do it reasonably well. But beyond that you like to take things as they come and do not necessarily take considered decisions about your profession. This could spell trouble in the long run.

What the scores foretell

Mostly As:Long-term career investor »You are building a solid asset in your career, but analyse your achievements and renew your goals regularly »Your absolute focus should not make you ignore changes in the work patterns and possible gains from it. Be focused but don’t be blind to changes.

Mostly Bs:Medium-term career investor »you are like a person who invests a lot, but without a clear strategy in mind. Chalk out a plan that is in sync with your professional goals » Look back at the way your career has evolved so far and prioritise your focus areas for next five years.

Mostly Cs:Short-termtrader » By encashing all gains, you are left with no professional savings to build your career. The instant gains of frequent job hops hinder long-term returns from career »Work closely with a senior who can help you realise your potential and use it to build your career’s asset value.

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