When Thinking About the Path of Your Supply Chain Career, Know That You Can’t Make a Wrong Choice

When thinking about the path of your supply chain career, know that you can't make a wrong choice. ©iStockphoto.com/Ridofranz

When thinking about the path of your supply chain career, know that you can’t make a wrong choice. ©iStockphoto.com/Ridofranz

When you’ve made the decision to focus on finding a senior level position in the supply chain, you’re going to come across a lot of different options. One of the things that scares a lot of people is making the wrong decision when it comes to finding a new position. They think that one decision is going to make or break their entire career in the supply chain. This, however, is the wrong way to think about it. The thing is, there are no wrong choices. The following are a few ideas that will help you accept that:

  • Everyone’s career path is different – Not only is it different, but not everyone has a linear career path. There are different factors and circumstances that influence everyone’s career paths, and they can be unpredictable at times. Take every opportunity as a chance to learn and improve yourself. If you decide you took the wrong job, use it as a learning experience for the future – it could end up being an extremely valuable experience just for that reason.
     
  • A single choice won’t define your career – In a worst case scenario, you may take a step backwards. But that doesn’t mean it was the wrong choice – who knows, that step backwards may allow you to take two steps forward, which makes the choice you made a good one. One decision won’t define your whole career.
     
  • Don’t think in terms of “but” or “or” – Substitute these words with “and” in order to make your thoughts more clear and level headed. For example, you may want to apply for a new position, but you enjoy the security of your current job. Instead, think of it as you want to apply for a new position and you enjoy the security of your current job. This makes it easier to figure out what is really important to you and help you figure out how to obtain both instead of having to choose one.

Keep these things in mind when finding a senior level position in the supply chain and contact us at Optimum SCR for more advice.

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