I recently did a search for BYOC on Google.  The search engine found 825,000 records with such a reference, and while I didn’t check them all, I’m willing to wager one critical acronym was missing.

There were references to
•    Bring Your Own Computer
•    Bring Your Own Curriculum
•    Bring Your Own Cocktail
•    And even Bring Your Own Cowboy.
The choices were as varied as the American imagination.

So, what was missing?  Bring Your Own Career – the single most important acronym in today’s world of work.

What does Bring Your Own Career mean?  That you go to work each day and do whatever you can to further the success of both your employer and yourself.  You focus on your career as well as your job, and you do so every single day.

Now, to be clear, BYOC doesn’t mean “careerism.”  The Online Dictionary defines it to be the “Pursuit of professional advancement as one’s chief or sole aim.”  No BYOC means you use your talent – your inherent capacity for excellence – to contribute to your employer AND to improve the health of your career.

That may be the hardest facet of Career Activism to accept.  Most of us are killing ourselves at work these days so the thought of working just as hard on your own career can seem like a monumental undertaking.  It’s as if you’ve volunteering for a second full time job.

But think about it.  Killing yourself for your employer may make that organization temporarily happy with you, but in today’s turbulent global market place, it provides little or no job security.  Killing yourself for your own career makes you continuously happy and equally as important, it provides “career security” – the ability always to be employed and always by an employer of your choice.

So, when you head out the door to work each day, BYOC – it’s a strategy that will serve your employer while serving you as well.  Think of it as the double dialectic of success in the 21st Century economy.

Thanks for Reading,