Are you where you want to be professionally?

Maybe you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents.

But to achieve this in today's competitive job market, your academic education is not enough, so you have to search for an effective way to make sure you will get the growth you are looking for.

There is not a step by step guide to achieve your professional goals, we all are different and are equipped in a different arrangement, with different tools and background. With all of this your number one mission should be to make sure that you get in contact with the people that can propel you up in the organizational charts, and that they have no question of the powerful contributions that you can make to their own careers and the company.

The waters of corporate life are very turbulent and stormy, full of pirates, sharks and other threats that will be happy to see you helpless and drowning. Believe me, There are people right now right there in your company that are actively working in seeing you fail. And they come in different disguises, as your boss, as your manager, as your peer, I have even seen them as your "friend".

We all need a structured way to think about our professional goals, how to take control of our career, and how we can build a reputation and personal brand that will open doors and get us the job we want to have. And critically important, how to be smart and do the right moves so all these perils don’t get you out of the picture.

To accomplish this you really only have 2 options:

a) Work as usual and hope that you will accidentally have the experiences to learn the concepts that might be applied to elevate your career, hoping that you will know the right people that will see in you the value that is needed to access the upper layers in the organization.

b) To follow a system from which you will learn and have guidance in all you need so in a few months you will understand and learn what would take you 10 or even 15 years of your career to be a candidate for promotion.

Do you have a controlled plan for your professional growth or you are leaving it to random experience?