Every individual who is doing a job faces a situation in his career when he gets a chance to become an adult. It does sound confusing but it is a fact. You begin a full-time job after you attain the adult age but you enter the career track as a novice with practically little or no experience. The situation is that of an adolescent who may be a fresh intern or a trainee. You get all the protection and guidance but are free to make the mistakes and learn. Some people also term it as the honeymoon period of your career.
Have you crossed the career adolescence? You must be wondering that when does the adulthood start? Does it begin when your training is over and you become a confirmed employee? No, it is not then, because you still have a boss to take the responsibility. Do you attain the adulthood after you get some promotions and become a Manager? We will not quiz you further and share the answer and then try to understand it.
Understanding career adulthood: The adulthood of your career begins when you are held responsible for your actions. It may begin when you hold the independent charge of a department or when you become the CEO of the company. The funny part is that some of the people, who are confronted with this situation, refuse to accept the adulthood. There are others who pick up the strings much earlier than they are expected to and become the Mr Dependable in the organization. The position is akin to the real life situation when people remark that the individual has matured much before his age.
The losers and the winners: Those who shun responsibility will never attain adulthood and continue to languish as adolescents in the organization. They always need support and protection and barely have any career growth. The ones, who are able to prove their mettle, get additional responsibilities and a leadership role. They are the people who surge ahead with their career growth.
What lies beyond? You must be wondering that if this stage is adulthood, then what about the middle age and retirement age. Career growth for individuals, who become adults at a young age, has no limits. You could move up from handling one unit to being in charge of multiple units. Another way up the ladder would be to take up the responsibility of the entire multinational corporation rather than just the Asia-Pacific region. We have seen people take up the role of active directors on the boards of many successful business units.
The career-adult path: The approach talked about in here is nothing new for your career growth. It has only been given some new clothing to make it easy for you to understand. We have seen the career adults leaving plum jobs and lavish offices because the role does not offer many challenges. They find unchartered territories for themselves as it gives them the path to proving their mettle. People may consider them foolish at this stage but a few years down the line the ravaging adults show their worth with much more exuberance.
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