You can have it done quickly, done economically or done perfectly. What you can’t have is all three at once. This applies to career reengineering as well.
In our career we decide to reengineer when we:
Want to do something new and/or different
Discover that our skills are rusty and/or out dated
Want to reach to a higher level in our current career
Often making the decision to reengineer is the hardest thing for us to do.
However, it can also be overwhelming when we look at the different options for career reengineering.
There are at least four paths that can lead to a successfully reengineered career:
Option # 1 – Go back to full time college (University or Community College)
This option has lots of requirements (other income, daytime flexibility & lots of dedication. If possible, this can be a great way to reengineer for a completely different or higher level career step.
Option # 2 – Take evening classes at Community College or Online University programs
One of the key requirements of this option is, lots of energy. Working one shift while taking classes on another shift is the same (if not more work) as working two jobs. This option allows you to continue working and gives you the option of doing the reengineering at your own pace.
Option # 3 – On the Job Training – Take a lower level position and grow upward.
This option will take the most amount of time to achieve your reengineering goals. You’ll have to be careful that it does not turn into a trapped lower position and that real honest growth is possible. However, if you choose this option, you could switch to another company if the first one does not give you the opportunities you are looking for.
Option # 4 – Start your own business
I have seen many long term employees make the decision that they no longer want to be an employee. They decided that they don’t want to go back to college or be an intern. Many an eager person has decided that they want to be their own boss doing something totally different than what they are or were last doing. One challenge here is to not believe you can do it on your own. Unless you have all of the skills for business, marketing, operations, finance, etc. seek help from others and success will be more likely. However, I can attest that reengineering by create my own business has been one of the most rewarding and successful things I have done in my life.
Reengineering – this is how we polish up our current skills and/or add new skills and become something different that we are now. Better & Different is better & different