It is good for everyone to stop, at times, and consider where they are in their career. We have found that most executives are pretty hard on themselves, especially when it comes to assessing their progress toward retirement. SC&C works with executives going through this process every day and it gives us a clear perspective. Sometimes a third party is necessary to see things clearly. Sometimes executives discover that what they really need to do is to change jobs or careers.
One of the most difficult aspects about being a high-level executive is that you are expected to have all the answers and make decisions on a daily basis. You are being paid to manage the health and the growth of your company. However, it is very rare for the company to manage the health and the growth of its high-level executives. Even with extensive HR departments, the needs of senior-level executives are usually ignored, and they are rarely given the attention they deserve.
Moreover, your personal career goals are not likely to match the goals the company has for you. In previous decades, this was not the case. The direction of senior executives and the companies they worked for went hand in hand. Now the likelihood that a senior executive will retire with the same company he/she started working for is extremely remote. This means that to survive and thrive a senior executive must not only manage the growth of the company but also his/her own career. This is a daunting task. There are only so many hours in every day, and your job and your personal life are probably already consuming 120% of every day. This is one of the main reasons executives hire SC&C.
Our clients are executives that realize the value of hiring a professional to manage their career. They understand that they don’t have the time or expertise to manage their own career health. Do you file your own taxes? Do you fix your own roof? Of course not. You hire professionals who are better equipped to do these tasks than you are. Why should managing your career be any different?
The test below is designed to give you a better understanding of your overall career health. As you explore your career status, feel free to call SC&C at any point to share your discoveries and to ask us how we can assist you in successfully making your next important career move.
Your career health
This test is designed to give you a better understanding of your career health. First rate your overall career health, then answer questions 2-48. Afterwards, compare your original career health estimate with the results from this test.