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Many people fail in their career because they don’t have a strategy for the same. Instead of doing something that they are good in, they prefer being a part of the herd. Only a few dares to do something unique. A majority of people are happy in doing things that others are doing. They think, by selling chicken, they too can build an empire like KFC. This idea is nothing but a joke unless they have any realistic strategy for making that happen. Through this article, I will tell you about the 10 things you should do to have a wonderful career.
We plan for every small thing, whether it is about buying a holiday or grocery. But when it comes to career, many of us behave like kids. To them, a good time to think about a strategy for a career is after completing college or university. In addition to this, we have an education system where we are being taught about those things that have nothing to do with real life. In such a case, if we do not have any plan for our career, we are going to remain unemployed, even after completing degrees with excellent grades.
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2Observe Your Mistakes
When we fail in our career, in order to hide our own incompetence, we always blame luck and the surrounding environment. Now, this is one the biggest mistakes we make.
In reality, the main reason behind our failure is not our circumstances, but own habits.
Instead of blaming others, one must review his own mistakes. Take every possible step to confirm that you are having an accurate strategy for your career.
Ask yourself if you have chosen the right path and is that path going to make you happy? Look around; if there is anything that you can do even better? Will you be changing your career in next few years or you are going to stick with it?
These kinds of questions are very important.
3Analyze Your Hobby
This is another mistake that most of us do. Due to the lack of an appropriate career advice, we do things that we never want to. We bypass our liking and dislikes, and choose a career that is much discussed around us.
No offense, but most of the engineers are engineers because their neighbor is an engineer and not because they want to be an engineer.
Due to this useless approach, they never succeed. Do keep in mind, to have a wonderful career, you need to put your 100% and you will put your 100% only if you are willing to i.e. you are in love with what you are doing.
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4Needs Vs. Desires
For a brilliant career, it is very important to know the difference between needs and desires.
To understand this here is a very simple technique. Take a page and make two columns on it. Write your needs aside and on the other hand, your desires. Then, match them with your current job. If you see that the current job is not fulfilling your needs and desires, you should change the job.
It is very important to keep financial and mental freedom in the right hierarchy while making this list. Only after proper analysis, you will be able to choose the right career.
5Record Your Achievements
A few minutes ago I talked about recording and rectifying your shortcomings. Now, I want you to keep a record of all your professional achievements.
I know, most of you are going to take this advice very lightly. Trust me, by doing this, you will be able to learn about your strengths.
In case, you have to switch your job, this record of your achievement is going to help you a lot. It will not only boost your morale but chances of getting hired too.
6Review Your Abilities
It is also important to review your abilities from time to time. There is no doubt that during your tenure with a company you are going to learn ample of new things.
You must not stick to your old designation. You must learn to utilize your new skills for your growth that you have acquired over time.
7Labor Market Change
No doubt, skills that are presently in demand are not going to stay on the same level. With the passage of time, they are going to obsolete.
There are many such careers, which were very demanded a few years ago, but nowadays, they are completely off the screen.
So, if you are dreaming about having an awesome career, be aware of changes in the career market. Learn new skills and never let anyone replace.
8Short-term And Long-term Goals
Create separate goals for short term and long term. To achieve big goals, working on the small motives is very important.
For example, if you want to see yourself as a manager of your company after 5 years, then from today, aim at all those levels that are between you and manager’s chair.
You need to consider those early levels as your short-term goals.
9Learn New Things
As I said before, you need to stay updated. This is a race, my friend. In this race, you have two options, race or chase. Therefore, explore all the educational opportunities to learn about new techniques. In simple words, if you do not update, you are outdated.
You are in demand, only if you meet the requirements. You need to make sure that you must have that every little thing in your resume, which is in demand. For this, you need to stay in touch with career market.
For this, do your research. Therefore, subscribe those websites, magazines, and organizations who are first to publish the latest information about the career.
In the end, I would like to say that you should not spend delay career planning. In addition, consistent evaluation of your career and career-in-demand is equally important.