“what’s next for me”?
Trying to find that perfect job title and associated responsibilities, salary, culture, work environment, etc.
And also questioning if I was this title before, I can’t be this title again, as that’s not a career progression.
Or if I’m Jr. then I’m Mid then I’m Sr. or if I’m X, then I’m Y and then I’m Z, because that’s what society says is the right path forward.
I think it’s natural that we all question this.
Do our career advancements happen by timing, by fate, by chance, by serendipity, call it what you want?
But you hear someone followed these steps, did these things, and landed here, doing X, those same results should come my way.
I think one specific linear career progression is often a fallacy that we get too wrapped up in.
Rather, what do we enjoy most and can we excel at those few things?
Maybe we don’t know what THAT is quite yet, so we keep trying different positions.
But at some point, asking the questions:
“where do I consistently produce the best results and feel valued?”
“is the work I’m doing interesting, engaging, and financially rewarding?”
and then determining how and where can I spend most of my day doing those things.
Inherently, I feel your career will progress.