Career Building: Are you an intentional future builder with a proper career map?

One of the world’s greatest businessmen, Warren Buffett, offers this career advice to his students: “Ask how you will want to feel when you are 80 and then reverse engineer your life.”

When it comes to career building, some people like to whimsically bounce around from job to job. If you aspire to be an intentional future builder, you’ll need a carefully considered career plan that treats each role as a building block.

In order to become an intentional future builder, you must separate yourself from the rest of the pack so that organisations seek you out. Wherever possible, you do not want to be hired out of desperation. You want to be hired because you’re the perfect candidate, and you have a lot of value to offer your ideal team.

This is why it is so beneficial to strategically plan your career. You don’t want to be thinking about your next job before you have mapped out your ideal job in 4 jobs’ time.  Once you know what that is, you can work back to what your next role should be. Create space for yourself to pick and choose your roles with careful consideration and ensure that every role positively contributes to your optimal trajectory. Progress to a new role only when it’s absolutely ideal. Sounds amazing, right?

Here’s a short quiz to help you identify where you’re at right now. Which of the following statements do you feel more aligned to?

A) I have a career plan in place for the next 10 years, and I’m confident in how my path looks.


B) I have a rough idea of where my career is headed, but I haven’t considered what my next role will be.

A) In the past, I have progressed to a new role because I wanted to find a new job.


B) In the past, I have progressed to a new role because I needed to find a new job.

A) I make career moves from a place of future aspiration, while considering my present needs in the areas of finance and work/life balance.


B) I make career moves on a present need basis in terms of finance and work/life balance.

A) I have a clear picture of my strengths and weaknesses, and I have spent time assessing this with the help of another (objective) person. This assessment forms the basis of my career plan.


B) I have not yet spent time truthfully assessing my strengths and weaknesses, and I haven’t put thought into how this affects my career in the future.

Mostly As: Congratulations! You have clearly sat down with an expert to spend time investing into your professional future.

Mostly Bs: Time for some help! However, there is no need to stress — you’re in the right place.

If you need some support, we encourage you to reach out to Abacus Human Capital for a discussion around effective career planning. Steven Lane has over 14 years of experience watching and learning how effective, intentional career builders successfully manage their careers – and some of the common pitfalls that arise. Abacus Human Capital is happy to work through your goal setting to formulate a plan for your next three to four roles.

If you would benefit from a discussion with Abacus Human Capital, please feel free to email Ashleigh at [email protected]and we will coordinate a time from there.

Let’s get reverse engineering.

If you are an Accounting/Finance Professional interested in exploring new opportunities in the Brisbane market we’d love to hear from you on (07) 3135 9780. I also encourage you to join our private LinkedIn network Accounting & Finance Professionals in Brisbane (click here). As you probably are aware we do move quite quickly on the roles we recruit for so it pays to stay ahead of the competition. Our group is an exclusive community I am building up for Finance Professionals in Brisbane who want to share job search opportunities, industry news, blogs and other content. You’ll also have an opportunity to network with each other. You might even come across some people you have worked with in the past!

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