Many people are left wondering what job boundaries mean. The answer is that they change depending on who you are as an employee. In every job you have to work hard to create the best position for yourself, and in every job you have to find ways to make the job your best position. In each job you have to push yourself to the extreme to make sure you get all the way through the job and still leave room for yourself to become an expert. In each job you have to find the way you can be the expert, and in each job you have to manage yourself to be effective.
In each job, you have to create a role for yourself. In most jobs, you have a clear sense of purpose, which is to get the job done and make the company money. In a sales job, you may not have a very clear sense of purpose, but you have a clear sense of pay. In a teaching job, you might have a clear sense of purpose, but you might not have a clear sense of pay. In both cases, your job and your pay will dictate your sense of purpose and how you create the role for yourself.
With a clear purpose comes a certain amount of autonomy. If you are working in a sales job and you know you must become an expert, you can become one. If you are working as a teacher and you know you must become an expert on whatever it is you are teaching, you can become one. In each job you have to push yourself to do just a little more, to reach a certain level of competence to make your job the most effective it can be.
A job with a clear sense of purpose creates space for itself. In that job, there is a clear path to success. It does not matter if you are the greatest person in the world and have years of experience. If you are in that job you already know you are the expert and others know that already too. You don’t need to prove it; you already know it and that is enough.
So how do you create that role for yourself in every job you have? By taking charge and doing what you know you are capable of. Each job presents unique opportunities, but you must take charge and make the most of those opportunities. In each job, you should push yourself to do just a little more, to become the expert.
In each job you also have the opportunity to grow. Even if you know you are the expert in your field, you could always learn more. In each job, you will meet people who are better qualified and with more experience, so you should use this to your advantage.
When you are offered a position that is not appropriate for you, step back. Don’t take the job or your career in it lightly. Take the time to consider whether you really want the role or not. If you don’t, then put yourself forward so that someone else sees that you are worthy of the new opportunity. If you do, you will be able to take advantage of the new growth potential that will happen in your role.
The key to creating the role for yourself in every job you have is to know you are the expert and then take the opportunity to prove it. Each position you fill will present opportunities to grow. You will be challenged to grow personally, professionally, and emotionally. That is the biggest responsibility you can have, and it only comes along once in your life.