How To Build Your Career
Building your career is exciting because it provides an opportunity to shape your life in the way you want. It can also be scary when you do not know what it is that you want to do and when you are not sure how you can make a living. The more you are in charge of your process, the better you will feel. So here are my top 10 tips to help move you forward as you create your career.
Know your values
The place to start building career success is with yourself. First, zero in on your values. Values are the core principles that run your life. The more your career aligns with and honors your values, the deeper the sense of satisfaction you will derive from what you do.
Become Aware of Your Strengths
Awareness is an essential key to personal improvement. By being aware of your inner thoughts, your strengths, your desires, and your disadvantages, you can adapt your life to whatever conditions you're being put through. You'll also get many benefits as you can leverage your knowledge and wisdom for the best purposes.
It's better if you choose your long term profession according to what you know about yourself. Are you a patient person? Would you be able to sit eight to twelve hours in an office working on a computer? Or you'd rather be a football coach because you're truly passionate about football and you believe you could be an efficient trainer?
No matter your strengths and disadvantages, you should choose a career path that advantages your traits and qualities.
Branding is very important nowadays. Big companies are spending hundreds of millions in order to establish themselves as the "big dogs" in the marketplace. It is an old business strategy used by almost every professional company. Your branding is your image in the marketplace.
Professional employees should brand their names and services and constantly improve it. You can do that by starting a blog, creating a professional social media profile, or simply by providing awesome services.
Think about the things you dream about.
What is your passion? What do you like to do in your spare time? What is it that you have wanted to do all of your life? Also consider those things you dread whether it is change or routine, working with your hands, seeking advice, dislike in people, animals, or loads of activity. People differ and knowing what makes you tick and what irritates you will help establish your main interests.
Consider your skills.
Do you have the necessary skills for your career path? If you don't have, will you be able to acquire these skills through work programs, tuition or experience? If you like singing but cannot hold one musical note, then perhaps you should reconsider or decide whether it is worth all the training. Look at other aspects such as your age, gender, community, religion, race and the society. This also includes your family and friends and the importance you place on certain values.
Always Raise Your Standards
Here's another critical factor which differentiates the successful from the non-successful. Your standards influence the way you think, believe, and behave. If your standards are high, you'll never be satisfied with less than you can accomplish. People with high standards are most of the times more successful than the average.
Every two or three months take a moment to reflect upon your standards and values. Try to improve them bit by bit up until you realize that you've become the best version of yourself.
There are probably a number of different areas that you could see yourself working in. Experiment and see what you like best! Volunteer at a local non-profit. Join a committee. Take a class.
Do you need additional skills? Take a course or go for another degree.
Do you need another job or two before you are ready for your ideal job? That’s okay since you are moving in the right direction!
Set a career goal
A career goal helps you to stay focused and motivated. Plan how you will get there and make space for alternative routes. The career journey should be just as rewarding as reaching the goals. You need to enjoy every step of the way even when you start at the bottom. This is not a once of process. Your career goals must be flexible since there will also be disappointments and things out of your control. Your career goals will change with alterations in you environment and personality. Reevaluate your goals every two years and make adjustments as needed. If you don't have any future plans, it means you are drifting and will miss many opportunities along the way to be the best you can be. Your career will always have a learning curve. Make the most of it and when you find that you are not satisfied anymore, sit down and reevaluate your position and career goals.
Any of my regular readers will know that this is not a new habit. I write about how important it is all the time. Your networks are the people you know in real life and the people you engage with online, and include everyone from old alum buddies to former colleagues to potential employers.
Nourishing your networks means sharing relevant information, acknowledging when others have done a great job, showing an interest in others’ work and saying thank you. If you’re doing it, great, do it better. If you’re new to it, set aside just 15 minutes every afternoon to invest in it.