Managing Your Career in Today’s Uncertain Economy

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Whether you are currently employed, contracting or seeking employment, there are several proactive things you can do to manage your career, even in an uncertain economy. This was the message of A.J. O’Connor Associates’ President, Andy O’Connor to the E-MBA & MBA Alumni Chapter of Fairleigh Dickenson University (FDU) this month.

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Andy O'Connor presents to Fairleigh Dickenson University (FDU)'s E-MBA & MBA Alumni Chapter

Invest time and energy in thinking about your career goals and next steps and the technical and leadership skills needed to get you there. It will provide you a roadmap to evaluate opportunities.

Speaking at one of FDU's alumni chapter networking meetings, Andy O’Connor, President of A.J. O'Connor Associates (AJO) set the stage by outlining AJO’s leadership development and career transition work with stories and examples of the key areas of development in which AJO supports its client organizations today. Andy also shared his personal career journey from law enforcement to human resource consulting when he took the helm of, and expanded the capabilities of the career transition business started by his father thirty years ago.

What are the top six things you can do to proactively manage your career?

  • Understand the difference between emotional intelligence (EI) and intelligence quotient (IQ). Unlike IQ which is a threshold capability, most successful leaders possess high emotional intelligence. Read and learn from Daniel Goleman’s work on EI.
  • Develop the components of EI at work and demonstrate EI skills during an employment or promotional interview. Employers are actively looking for this competence when making hiring decisions today.
  • Stay abreast of technological, social and global trends that are changing the workplace and develop new knowledge and skills to keep pace.
  • Consider lateral moves and/or volunteer for special assignments if you are currently employed. If you are unemployed, don’t overlook contract assignments. Many permanent jobs start out as temporary positions today.
  • Develop your Leader 2020 competencies, such as global mindset, learning agility and digital proficiency. Seek feedback, mentoring and coaching opportunities to help you grow your capabilities.
  • Develop a strong and proactive network, offline and online, including networking within your organization if you are currently employed.

Andy O’Connor suggested, “Invest time and energy in thinking about your career goals and next steps and the technical and leadership skills needed to get you there. It will provide you a roadmap to evaluate opportunities.”

“Networking and building meaningful relationships are both key factors for success in business today,” added Teresa LeDonne, President of the E-MBA & MBA Alumni Chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “Through the alumni chapter hosted events, our intent is to create more of these opportunities for our alumni.”

To learn more, see AJO’s blog on this event including recommended resources. You may also wish to visit our Leadership 2020 workforce trends and leadership competency postings too.

About AJO: Founded in 1983, A.J. O’Connor Associates partners with individuals, teams and organizations to reach their goals through human resource services that develop leadership competencies, build high-performing teams and manage career transitions. AJO offers uncompromising personalized service and customized solutions. Headquartered in New Jersey, AJO is a second-generation family owned business with a strong client base throughout the Northeastern United States. AJO’s team of knowledgeable and experienced Executive Coaches and Senior Career Consultants offer expanded national and international coverage. 2013 marks the celebration of 30 years in business.

About FDU: Fairleigh Dickinson University’s E-MBA & MBA Alumni Chapter’s vision is to connect all members across the globe and serve as a resource for personal and professional development through networking, community service and best business practices for the greater good for our alumni and society. Teresa LeDonne at teresa.ledonne.fdu@gmail.com or at 1-862-437-1774.

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Pam Grosicki
A.J. O'Connor and Associates
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Teresa LeDonne
Fairleigh Dickinson University E-MBA & MBA Alumni Chapter
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