David Kiger Offers Four Ways for Workers to Assess Their Career Paths

Worldwide CEO gives transitioning employees tips on planning their career trajectories

Jul 15, 2013, 06:19 ET from Worldwide Express

DALLAS, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Regardless of field, choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. Your career needs to be something you are proud to call your own. But what if you make a mistake and find yourself unhappy with the career path you're on? How do you know it's time to move on? David Kiger, CEO and founder of Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based global package and freight shipping firm, offers these four tips on how to assess the situation:

  1. Replace the 5-Year Plan With a 20-Year Plan. "It's important to regularly chart your career progress and make sure you're actually getting ahead instead of missing out on something because you're complacent or afraid to move on," said Kiger. "Many people get so caught up in just getting by that they wake up one morning and realize they are no closer to a promotion than when they were hired."
  2. Don't Let Your Paycheck Determine Your Career. It's easy to dream of a high-paying position or starting your own company, but don't think your best option is automatically the highest-paying gig," advised Kiger. "If you want a job that comes with a pay cut, look at ways to reduce your spending. Having more money is nice, but make sure you know what it's really costing you."
  3. Don't be Afraid to do What You Want. "Many people think because they spent four years and thousands of dollars in college they have to stick with a career that aligns with their degree. This is simply not the case," said Kiger. "New jobs are constantly being created. Think of what aspects of your job are most appealing and what qualities are your strongest. Now, find a field that combines the two."
  4. Take Some Quality Time to Think About It. "If you're still undecided about whether or not to change your career, try stepping back. Take a few days off to relax. Ask your boss if there are other areas where you can contribute," advised Kiger.  "If you still feel like you're stuck on idle, talk to your boss about how you're feeling and see if there are any other options in the company."

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Transitioning to a new job doesn't mean you have to land your ideal position at the first interview. "Don't be afraid to start at the bottom and work your way up. If you take initiative and show others you care about what you do, something like an entry level sales job can easily turn into more," said Kiger.

For more information, please contact Kelsey Lloyd at 972-850-5862 or via email at klloyd@ideagrove.com.

About Worldwide Express

Worldwide Express is a global logistics company based in Dallas that has handled millions of package and freight shipments for more than 30,000 small to midsize businesses. With more than 150 franchises across the country, Worldwide Express is one of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping for UPS®, as well as a trusted freight partner to more than 55 carriers. To learn more, visit http://www.wwex.com.

Contact: Kelsey Lloyd

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