Redefining Success: Part 3

Following part 1 and part 2, here is the final post in this redefining success series:

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 1.22.42 PMAs I’ve been applying to jobs and looking for jobs lately, I’ve been thinking about job titles and their descriptions. Every single one is different and almost every single one is flexible. I’m still trying to find the right fit, but it got me really thinking about titles and what I want to accomplish.

Recently in the #u30pro (under 30 professionals) group on Facebook the question was posted:

“On your current career path, what is the ‘highest’ title you hope to achieve by the end of your career? How much do titles matter as you progress through your career?” by Scott Hale.

Some of the answers: CMO, Marketing Ruler of the World, CEO of my own company, do not care whatsoever, New York Times Best-Selling Author…. and mom.

After seeing the previous answers, the mom one really stuck to me. The other answer from Matt LaCasse that really stuck with me:

“I have career goals I’d like to achieve, I’m just unconcerned with what title goes along with those goals. If I’m being compensated fairly and feel satisfied with my work, I genuinely don’t care about my title. Too many people are concerned with the status that comes along with job titles rather than the quality of work done in those positions.”

He’s absolutely 100% right.

Titles and status come and go, but we should really be more concerned about the quality of work in those positions over any titles we procure. If you’re striving for titles and status, you’re definitely missing the point.

My thoughts: We should redefine our own success and not stick ourselves to titles and levels. The problem with “climbing the ladder” is the concept of hierarchy, which ultimately goes all the way back to high school to how seniors treat freshmen. Why do we continue that cycle?

I don’t have an ultimate career title I want to achieve and  still don’t think titles mean anything. I’d rather be extremely happy with the work I’m doing and love my job than be confined by one title. The two titles I do hope to achieve one day: wife and mom. Let’s face it, just because you have the title of “Marketing Director” that doesn’t mean anyone understands what you do and when you have just one title, sometimes you’re confined to just that role.

I don’t want to be confined, I want to redefine.

 

10 thoughts on “Redefining Success: Part 3

  1. I’ve been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s, Lean In, and in one of her chapters she talks about how a career is more like climbing a jungle gym, as opposed to the traditional ladder. Sometimes you need to move around to get to the top. That metaphor really resonated with me, so I thought I’d share 🙂

  2. I’ve been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s, Lean In, and in one of her chapters she talks about how a career is more like climbing a jungle gym, as opposed to the traditional ladder. Sometimes you need to move around to get to the top. That metaphor really resonated with me, so I thought I’d share 🙂

  3. Lauren,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your three blog posts about redefining success. I’m at a point where I need to start looking for places to apply for internships/jobs and you gave me very valuable information to sleep on.
    I know this may not be your area of expertise but if you have any tips for international students looking for a job in our industry after graduation or know anyone who could guide me with this, I would really appreciate if you could let me know.
    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
    Andrea

    1. Thanks so much for reading all three! I think the tips are honestly the same for international students. Be yourself, show what’s different that you bring to the table and prove you really want the job or internship. You have to be yourself and show your strengths. Anything beyond the job description you can bring will make you an even better candidate. I hope that helps!

  4. Lauren,I’ve really enjoyed reading your three blog posts about redefining success. I’m at a point where I need to start looking for places to apply for internships/jobs and you gave me very valuable information to sleep on.
    I know this may not be your area of expertise but if you have any tips for international students looking for a job in our industry after graduation or know anyone who could guide me with this, I would really appreciate if you could let me know.
    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
    Andrea

    1. Thanks so much for reading all three! I think the tips are honestly the same for international students. Be yourself, show what’s different that you bring to the table and prove you really want the job or internship. You have to be yourself and show your strengths. Anything beyond the job description you can bring will make you an even better candidate. I hope that helps!

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