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April 18, 2016
Why you’re the CEO, CMO and CFO of your career
By: Jane Livesey

If you’ve got ambitions to become a leader, then congratulations! You made it just by way of launching a new career.

You’re not only the Chief Executive Officer of your career, but also the Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Financial Officer and every other position within its leadership team.

That’s becomes more than ever, graduates need to manage their careers like they would a business. They need to be on top of the key decisions, to be continually marketing themselves, upgrading the infrastructure and technology required to stay ahead of the competition, and managing all the financial responsibilities that come with getting paid and planning for the future.

Below are some of the key ‘chief’ titles involved in managing your career.

Chief Executive Officer. The key decisions associated with your career start and end with you. Ultimately you’re responsible. However, just like a great CEO usually benefits from a great board of directors, you too can deploy a ‘personal board of directors’ to support your career. This board can include mentors, sponsors, friends and family members.

Chief Marketing Officer. Marketing your career doesn’t stop with landing that first graduate position – not in today’s world where social media is becoming as much of a necessity during our professional lives as it is in our personal lives. Build your professional network both online and off. Attend relevant industry events. Look for opportunities to ‘market’ yourself internally with your first employer – by getting involved in various activities and putting your hand up for a variety of new projects.

Chief Technology Officer. Technology and hardware is constantly changing – being adaptable and willing to learn about the latest tools and techniques on offer will serve you well.

Chief People Officer. You also manage the human resources function of your career. That means identifying and solving personal people-related challenges, seeking training opportunities, and establishing and managing strong career plans.

There are plenty of other corporate titles you can add to managing your career. The point is to manage your career like you’d manage the leadership of a business – identifying risks and opportunities, and making well-advised decisions regarding how to move forward.

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