It is your uniqueness that will leverage your INTRAPRENEURSHIP career

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

One of the most significant challenges to career improvement in our 30s is how we can leverage our experiences and knowledge to the next upper level.

Usually, people start their career at 20s and think that they will remain in the same path or sector, progressing and achieving more through the years.

By turning 30, we found ourselves with a new sense of maturity, confidence and purpose. Work and life experiences have changed our prospective and we start to feel the desire to strive for a career more aligned with our personality, interests and purpose, able to value the learning acquired so far.

However, beside knowing this, most of the time instead of thinking outside the box and considering the full skillset that we acquired during our professional and personal life, we restrict ourselves and our idea to a close mind approach.

So what if, in your 30s you realised that you would like to leverage your career in a way that is different from the “traditional improving your skills and growing up with the same corporate organisation for which you have always worked for?”

The usual path is the realization that a career change or development, could mean anything from starting a new job, completely changing your sector, becoming an entrepreneur and setting up your own business, or simply discovering the concept of a portfolio career and INTRApreneurship and adjusting your career accordingly.

It is between these options, and by introspecting yourself and by recognising that you also need the stability of a traditional corporate career (security, benefits and salary), that you might want to consider the Intrapreneurship approach.

Intrapreneurship, traditionally defined as acting like an entrepreneur within an established company - implies the application of new initiatives, creativity, and dynamism.

You might have never considered, but your success as an intrapreneur is defined by your unique traits, as a combination of personal interests and professional experiences.

So how can you leverage your intrapreneur career using your unique traits acquired so far?

1. Start with yourself.

To be an effective intrapreneur, you must be able to prove your ability to plan. To boost your career, the starting point of your plan is you.

Consider all your personal interests and professional experiences, which are particularly important when considering your direction, and do not forget the capabilities that you have developed through your life. The combination of both is called transferable skills.

The SWOT analysis framework (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) can be used as a starting point for your personal and career development.

By understanding your needs, competencies, and core values, you will know where to invest your time, energy and focus in finding a job, sector or organisation that matches with you and what you want. Don’t underestimate this step, intrapreneur’s critical skills and passions are used for the benefit of the organisation and the more you know yourself, the more you will be able to contribute and make the difference in your daily job.

2. Building your knowledge and educate yourself.

The following step is focusing on building your personal knowledge and understand who else, which other sectors might benefit from your experiences and interests.

Spending time on market research in different areas from your expertise and looking for a way to apply your transferable skills, it is a real example of a seeker approach. As an intrapreneur, it is essential that you understand your company challenges and how your experience might impact and support improvements.

People often reflect on past jobs or tasks as one experience. It is worth mentioning that by digging deeper and by asking yourself what you liked from previous experiences will help you to assess whether an organisation or sector will be a good fit for you.

The combinations of these two unique treats (knowing yourself and knowing your sector) will give you an enormous advantage to work in the front line for changes and contribution with your organisation.

3. Allow yourself to explore.

We learn in practice, not in theory. Trying out new activities, reaching to new groups, put yourself out of your comfort zone. Experimenting is vital when you are trying to combine your transferable skills, personal interests and the desire to work with a company or sector that is aligned with you and the direction that you want for your career.

Failure is scaring but not always inevitable, in any case, it will provide you with an enormous amount of experience and insight. Explore and experiment will allow you to discover different scenarios and reflect on what you have learnt and how your experience might have an impact on your future position. Try, learn first, and reflect after is the most proactive approach that you might adopt to improve yourself.

Experimenting means doing something different with the advantage of taking small risks, which often leads you to discover new capabilities and approaches that you did not know you had. It is also a creative way to upgrade your market position other than showing your adaptable, flexible and proactive personality.

It is a leader mentality to your career and not a methodical worker approach that will naturally allow yourself to stand out and make the difference. It will also have a great impact on your ability to motivate, persuade and drive the team in your future managerial position.

Recognise your own abilities and opportunities, being intentional about your career growth and personal development and came up with a plan; then get out there and steer your own future.

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