We live in a highly competitive world – succeeding in a given career has become increasingly difficult. It is therefore important that you begin now to carefully plan your career. Find below, important tips to help get you ahead in your career.
Do a personal SWOT analysis
When starting out on a career or changing careers, making an informed decision about where best to apply your talents is necessary. A personal SWOT analysis can help you determine where your are most likely to find success in the professional world. Strength – determine what you do well and where your skills will shine; Weakness – discover the areas where you need to improve; Opportunities – look at the external factors that you can take advantage of to find a new job or change career direction; Threat- these are external factors that could hurt your job / new job prospect.
Be a problem-solver
When you go to your manager with a problem, it is advisable that you have a suggestion in mind to solve that problem. Even if your manager doesn’t take your suggestion, you will look like a problem-solver, not a complainer.
Don’t let the fear of making mistakes hold you back
Making a mistake can be a humbling experience as well as a learning experience. Mistakes can serve you well if you utilize the lessons you learn from them properly and try not to make the same mistake twice. If you are afraid of making mistakes, you won’t have the courage to venture out in something new.
Be an asset to your company
Making quick impact in your company gets you more attention and support. You don’t have to wait five years to get on a project, start one today. You have to learn as much as possible and start mastering your job so you can move on to the bigger projects faster. Take note that managers always want to know how much impact you are having on the company, such as increasing revenue, decreasing costs, lowering downtime rate. Always measure the outcome of your projects and keep track of results as it is going to help you justify promotions.
Have a mentor
Find a mentor in your industry who is living the dream of can be a quick way to climb up the ladder of success. Choose a mentor who you can support and who has time to support you and tell you exactly what you need to do each day to get to their level.
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