Updated: Aug 9, 2019
What is Career Currency and Why is it the Most Valuable thing to Cultivate in Your Professional Life.
“Career Currency” are the assets that you build over the course of your career. It is the professional value that you have. It is your ability to answer the above 2 questions effectively as well as your ability to use it to further your professional goals. It provides the foundation for building a powerful career strategy (aka how to become a Career Unicorn). And just like real currency, it is transferable and exchangeable. You can trade it, expand on it and consciously grow it. Just like money in the bank, the more you have, the more you can invest it...and the more it grows.
Your Career Currency is your professional reputation - Who you are (and known as), your skills, abilities and experiences. Think about it as what sets you apart. How you invest in your growth is how you will elevate your Career Currency to new levels. Your plan on how to accumulate Career Currency and how you use it in your career will define your successes. The best thing you can do for yourself is to realize you have to constantly invest in your growth, and that you have a Plan of Action for your personal and professional development. Always think about ways to improve and increase your Career Currency.
Indeed, it is that harmonious balance between your hard/technical skills and your soft/human skills. They go hand in hand. While the future of work is uncertain, with all the changes in technology, one thing is for certain – your ability to adapt and learn will keep you growing. Often misquoted, what Charles Darwin actually said, was:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
A big part of any sort of growth is dedicating time, energy and resources to your improvement. How are you going to invest in yourself and grow your Career Currency? Think about potential courses, workshops, conferences, events you can participate in and be a part of. What types of volunteer opportunities might help you with leadership, collaboration, creativity? Perhaps joining a casual or competitive sports league might be a valuable endeavour to explore when it comes to team building. There are so many options out there to explore! Wear your “Curiosity Hat” and discover some interesting and fun ways to grow your Career Currency. There are no right or wrong ways to develop yourself. It’s really about figuring out wonderful and enjoyable ways you can devote to your professional growth and evolution.
Actionable Activity: How will you grow the value of your Career Currency? Compile a list of skills that you actively want to improve and work on. What are the actions that you can take? * Technical Skills
* Soft/Human Skills
You can read and learn more about Career Currency as well as more Actional Activities in my Practical Guidebook to Career Success.