I just attended the IHRIM Workforce Analytics Forum in Chicago. IHRIM stands for the International Association for Human Resources Information Management. Why did I attend? Because that is what people do who Maneuver their Career. They support their profession, they network with their peers, and they learn about “what’s hot!”
I did not know if my schedule was going to allow me to attend, so I made last minute travel plans. The airline was too expensive, so I bought a ticket on the Amtrak train between St. Louis and Chicago. I did not know what to expect – but I can say it was truly an enjoyable experience. Quick, smooth, and can you say “Leg Room?”
I also saw the backsides of several small towns as we traveled through Illinois. It was a much different view as we went through the rail road crossings. I grew up in a town in Kansas that had 2 railroads that went straight through the middle of town. It was very difficult to make it across town without getting stopped by a train. I remember as a kid watching the trains go by, and wondering where they came from and where they were going. Back then the trains had a caboose and the guys in the back would always waive as they went by.
As I was traveling back from Chicago, I started thinking about those childhood memories. This time though, I was on the train watching those cars that were stopped and lined up behind the flashing red lights and the barricades. They were all waiting for us to go by. The tables were turned. I knew where I had come from – and I know where I am going.
In relation to your career, I have to ask – Where are you going? Are you still watching those trains go by? Are you stopped behind the barricade, with the red warning lights flashing in your face? Or, are you riding the train? Do you know where you came from, and most importantly, where you are going?
As a Certified Professional Coach – I talk with people every day who are stuck. Stopped at that barricade. They don’t know how they got to where they are, and they don’t know where they are going. They are watching the train go by. Is that you?
I invite you to jump on-board. The conductor really does wear that funny square hat, and really does welcome you with the words “All Aboard!” Create that career plan, take that risk, find your passion, and change your life. Nobody is going to do it for you.