It takes a lot of energy to make a car. From the mining of ore to the creation of the steel to the machining, molding and welding that all eventually lead to a finished vehicle, energy of one form or another is utilized. It takes energy to transform discrete elements into an ordered assembly of parts that is now a useful mode of transportation.
The laws of nature then begin to wear the vehicle down, to break it back down to the component elements all over again. We’ve all seen automotive boneyards, full of vehicles in a state of gradual decay. Long after the car is useful, it remains rusting away in a field. The exception is a vehicle that is well-maintained and cared for. With the right maintenance and occasional part replacement, a vehicle can serve its owner for many, many years.
Some people treat their jobs like they do an old car. They think it’s good enough for now, and someday they will get a better one. They’re not thinking about their career, and forgetting that a job either helps you strengthen your career or allows it to depreciate. Wanting a better car doesn’t put you in a position to buy one, and wanting a better job doesn’t just happen either. Better jobs come from developing your career.
Five signs your career may be depreciating:
- Your day-to-day work is essentially the same it was two years ago
- You are routinely training replacements for your co-workers as others move on
- Your evaluations are average
- You don’t remember where you filed your resume on your hard drive
- Co-workers don’t seek you out for opinions on work projects
If any of these are happening to you, it may be because you are in a holding pattern due to other aspects of your life. But if you planned to have a better job by now, what are you doing to make sure your skills, and your career, are appreciating?