What is a Career Strategy?

4/8/2019, By Adrian Choo

Please let me ask you a few questions:

1.    Do you eat a lot of carbohydrates in your meal or do you load up on proteins instead?

2.    Do you save for a rainy day? Do you invest more money in stocks or property?

3.    If you have an exercise plan, do you perform cardio workouts more than resistance-training, or is it the other way around?

4.    When you park your car in a crowded mall, do you park your car at the first available lot even though it is the furthest from the elevator lobby, or will you hover around the lobby, waiting for a driver to retrieve his vehicle so you can grab his spot?

It seems that many of us have mental-models for each decision making process in our life. We have diet strategies to ensure we eat healthily. We have investment strategies so that we get the maximum yield on our hard-earned cash. We have an exercise-strategy so that we can have optimal results for our hard work at the gym.

Hey, we even have parking strategies when going to the mall!  (For men, it is the lot nearest to the elevators; for ladies, pretty much anywhere.)

So, I am often perplexed to discover that so many executives out there in the market do not even have a Career-Strategy™!


A Career Strategy™ is a plan you develop 
based on self-knowledge and market trends, 
identifying your Strengths, Weaknesses, Passion 
and Values, as well as various Market Opportunities and
Threats looming on your horizon. .

 As a Headhunter, I have studied the careers of various business leaders, both illustrious and otherwise. In my research, I have noted that there is one common thread among those who have been successful in their careers.

They all had a Career Strategy™ which they’ve developed and adhered closely to. They had a vision and a plan and they seemed to know what they were doing.

On the other hand, Executives who haven’t had the time or foresight to develop their own Career Strategies™ find themselves derailed when negative events or unexpected opportunities appear on their horizon. For example, when they are approached by a Headhunter for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and they have no idea whether it is right for them; or when their division is shut down because the operations have moved to China.

Often, Executives only think of their Career Strategy™ when they are facing retrenchment or after they have received their pink-slip which is a little too late. Your Career Strategy™ should be a ‘living document’ that is constantly updated and upgraded as you progress along your Career Journey.

With a coherent Career Strategy™ to guide your path, navigating obstacles and seizing long-term advantages becomes clearer and the way forward is easier.

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