Moving Up the Career Ladder
I recently had a conversation with a colleague about how much pressure there is on people to get promoted and climb up the career ladder. It made me wonder: why is it that our success is deemed actualized by status and elevation? If you are a salesclerk, then you must want to be a supervisor, then a store manager, then a regional manager, and so on. When did my title become indicative of my success? Why is it that one of the first things people ask me is, what do you do? What I do is only a small part of who I am.
What if someone doesn’t want that path? Is it not enough that their contribution to the work is benefiting the organization? Let’s reframe the notion that those who don’t want to ascend to the top aren’t ambitious. Instead, let us give thanks that we have team members passionate about their work and their role on the team. The work performed is what determines success. I believe that, perhaps, someone wants their life just the way it is, and they are happy. Maybe they know that getting those promotions means more money. It also comes with more sacrifices, such as time away from their loved ones.
Let’s all celebrate following our path, climb up the ladder or pause without any judgments, and recognizing individuals for who they are rather than what they do. The impact they make has a positive outcome overall. Society is too quick to judge, and we need to start accepting that not everyone will follow the same road. As I interact with my children, I realize that the younger generations have different expectations. Hopefully, they will respect others’ choices; I believe they will definitely be more receptive.