Adrian Granzella Larssen explains how she opened new doors in her career, shifting from her editorial role at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC to eventually becoming the Editor at Large at The Muse in New York City. During the episode, she shares some useful tips on taking charge of your career trajectory, networking for introverts, and making manageable steps toward landing the job of your dreams. In the Mental Fuel® segment, I’ll talk about the concept of creating professional bridges between your current role and target role.
Key Career Insights
- Don’t limit your network to only those who seem to directly linked to your target role. You never know where your next lead could come from.
- If you want to build the case for tweaking your role, consider not only what you want, but also how you can add more value to the organization so the idea can be more compelling to your managers.
- Small steps can add up to the big changes you desire for your career. You don’t need to do everything in one fell swoop. Taking the first step is often the hardest.
- Networking doesn’t have to involve showing up at a big event, slapping on a name tag, and working the room. You can instead focus on 1-on-1 meetings, which can work especially well for introverts.
Tweetables to Share
- Adrian mentioned MediaBistro, where she took some online courses.
- Joseph referenced one of Adrian’s articles on How to Get Experience in a New Field Without Starting at the Bottom.
- Joseph alluded to the phrase “card-carrying introvert,” something Adrian said in this article about The Powerful 3-Letter Word That’ll Boost Your Career if You’re Brave Enough to Use It.
- Adrian referred to The Artist’s Way, a book that’s helped her get moving with her writing goals.
- If you want more career advice, check out The Muse’s Advice Blog and The New Rules of Work is a new book by The Muse founders Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos that helps you map out the path toward doing work you love.
During this episode’s Mental Fuel® segment, I talked about how making incremental shifts that add up to the changes you desire for your career. My challenge was that you pinpoint the next bridge you’re going to build in your career (location, sector, organization, function, or role) that will move you toward your target role.
If you want some help nailing down your next move, download my free career mapping worksheet below (Excel required) to help you clarify the action you’ll take to start building that bridge to your next role. What’s the change you’re going to make? Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear what you have planned.
About Adrian Granzella Larssen
Adrian Granzella Larssen was the first employee and founding editor of The Muse, the career platform that’s helped more than 50 million people find and succeed at their dream jobs. Now, she serves as The Muse’s editor-at-large, is a nationally recognized career expert, and helps other early-stage startups create content that readers truly love. Be sure to connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.
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