My boss keeps trying to schedule a meeting to discuss my long-term career goals. Frankly, my goals have nothing to do with him, his company or anything else I’m doing right now. I think he sees a future for me here, but I definitely do not. Should I tell the truth?
Before your big meeting with the boss, ask yourself these questions: What are my short-term goals? How long do I want to keep my current job?
I’m assuming your job is paying the bills while you move toward another, more satisfying goal. If you feel you can continue to do a good job at your current company while pursuing your long-term dream, then why not advance? Many people have financed their goals with a job that utilized their skills, paid well, but wasn’t their first choice. If that’s the case, play your cards close to your chest during the meeting.
However, if you couldn’t care less about your job and it’s showing in your performance, or if rising in the ranks will take too much time and energy away from your long-term goal, then maybe it’s time to cut the cord. Get off your duff and go after your dream!
There are different ways to leave a job, of course, and some are more painful than others. Before you just up and quit your job, make a plan. Figure out how you will get from point A to point B and still put food on the table.
You should try to develop a career plan. Ask yourself if there is another job out there that’s more closely aligned to your long-term goals and that could also help you develop some relevant skills. Remember, it takes time to make a plan and execute it successfully. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective and a guiding hand. This might be the perfect time to consult a career counselor.
It is not uncommon for employees to have a bad day or two. Only you can determine if you really should leave your job.