Based on your answers, you might want to alleviate the stress of people management by moving into an individual contributor role. That way, you’ll have time to dive headlong into your field and be recognized for your expertise and thought leadership. The checklist below highlights areas to focus on that'll help you keep your career growing over the next five years. Within each section, you’ll find customized content that will encourage you to rethink traditional career paths.

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 SET SMART GOALS

Setting Goals: Should You Even Bother?

Are you setting the right goals, the right way? Turns out, there’s a lot more behind proper goal-setting besides making sure they’re specific and measureable. As you shift your career focus, be sure you understand the psychology behind setting goals.

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When you’re a manager, you need to focus on improving your skills as a manager. Get better at recruiting, interviewing, one-on-ones, employee development, etc. and trust your team to execute on the vision you’ve laid out. There’s not as much time for exploring and developing other skills.

Sam Mallikarjunan

Principal Marketing Strategist

HubSpot

Why I Stepped Down From Management

All too often, stepping down from management is considered taboo thanks to the corporate ladder state of mind. Sure, it may not be the norm. But it still could be the smartest career move you ever make. Learn how taking this path less traveled allows you to dive into experiments, become an expert, and ultimately, grow your career.

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Breadth vs. Depth

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a new position to be a leader. In fact, you don’t even need to become a manager. In this blog post, learn the difference between solving for breadth or depth in your career and evaluate which caters to your long-term goals.

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 RE-EVALUATE WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Change the Way You Think About Work/Life Balance

Most employees of the modern workplace have a strong opinion about work/life balance. Learn what some of the most respected leaders have to say about balancing your career and lifestyle in these insightful TED Talks.

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How to Work Less and Accomplish More

No matter if you’re a people manager or individual contributor, your time is precious. Learn how to get more done in less time -- and get noticed for the value you create for your team.

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Why Happiness Matters at Work

When it comes to choosing your career, you have two choices: You can either find work you are passionate about, or find work that enables you to do things you’re passionate about in your spare time. Read on to create a plan for balancing thought and action in all aspects of your life.

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 PRIORITIZE LEARNING

Before Happiness

By Shawn Achor - Learn why happiness is the best motivation to achieve personal and professional goals.

Drive

By Daniel H. Pink - According to this transformational read, the secret to career satisfaction is the freedom to create new things and impact people beyond ourselves.

What's Next?

By Kerry Hannon - This book offers those seeking a more fulfilling path the tools and inspiration to shift their career according to their passions.

Build Your Skills

Do you have the right skills to compete with new hires and maintain a high pace in a changing industry? LinkedIn and HubSpot analyzed today’s most in-demand marketing jobs for necessary skills.

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Check out the HubSpot Academy

Dedicate your spare time to personal development and fine tune your marketing expertise with an Inbound Certification.

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 DIVE DEEP INTO YOUR ROLE

How I’ve Managed to Grow My Career Without Managing People

If you think you need to be a manager to have a successful career, think again. Learn how one individual contributor forewent management and let her remarkable work be a springboard for career growth.

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Beyond Promotions and Pay Raises: 4 Unconventional Ways to Get Ahead

Sometimes the best way to advance your professional career is to focus on growing personally, first. Follow these unconventional tips to build a strong network and provide value to your industry.

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Instead of stressing about what the next step of my career should be and when I should be getting there, I focused my energy on trying to kick ass in whatever my role was at the time.

PAMELA VAUGHAN

Principal Marketing Manager

HubSpot

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 SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE

How to Rock Your Next Public Speaking Opp

Now that you’ve tackled more challenging projects and spearheaded new solutions for your company, share the expertise you’ve gained and bring visibility to your work. Prepare for your internal and external public speaking opportunities with these science-backed tips.

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Composing Your World

The decision to step down from management to pursue deeper industry expertise might not be the easiest decision -- but it could be just the encouragement your colleague needs to take their own big leap, too. Follow speaker and musician Kai Kight’s advice and share your unique career journey with pride.

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 REDEFINE LEADERSHIP

Embracing Doubt and Other Leadership Lessons

It's natural to be afraid of doubt -- especially as a leader on your team. In this episode of The Growth Show podcast, Kevin Eyres, an executive coach for hyper-growth companies and former LinkedIn executive, talks about the power of doubt as you pursue innovation in your new role.

Adversity is guaranteed. Happiness is optional.

John Bonini

Growth Director

Litmus

Happiness Is Optional

The only absolute in life is adversity. In this video, Litmus Growth Director John Bonini explains why he believes this to be true and why happiness is dependent on the choices you make after hardships.

The Last Thing You Want Is a Career Path

Corporate ladder career paths are overrated. Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement, urges his audience to focus on the adventure, not the destination, of their career development.

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