Today, and more than ever, most people are responsible for building their own careers. Whether you are just starting, or you have several years of experience, these paragraphs might help you advance your career.
The 10 most important rules for a successful career are listed below:
1. Never Stop Learning
Life-long learning is your keyword. The world is constantly changing, and everybody is looking for new ways of doing business. If you have decided that your current skills are good enough, you have also decided that your current job is good enough. But if you want a career in the future, you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.
2. Ask, Listen And Learn
A good listener can learn a lot. Listen to your co-workers, your boss, and your superiors. You can learn a lot from their experience. Ask about issues that interest you, and listen to what they say. Let them tell you about how things work, and what you could have done better. Most people will love to be your free tutor.
3. Fulfill Your Current Job
Your current job might be best place to start your career. It is often very little that separates successful people from the average. But nothing comes free. If you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities, this is often the best way to start a new career.
4. Communicate With Superiors
Talk to your supervisor about things you can do. Suggest improvements. Offer your help when help is needed. In return ask for help to build a better career. It is often possible – right inside your own organization – especially if you have proved to be a valued employee.
5. Build Your Network
Your next career step might arise from your contact network. If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends, and to learn about new opportunities. Spend some time building new contacts, and don’t forget to maintain the ones you already have.
6. Identify Your Current Job
Your current job should be identified, not assumed. Make sure you don’t work with tasks you assume are important. This is waste of time and talent.
7. Identify Your Next Job
Your dream job must be identified. Before you start planning your future career, be sure you have identified your dream job. In your dream job, you will be doing all the things you enjoy, and none of the things you don’t enjoy. What kind of job would that be?
8. Prepare Yourself
Your dream might show up tomorrow. Be prepared. Don’t wait a second. Update your CV now, and continue to update it regularly.
9. Pick The Right Tools
Pick the tools you can handle.You can build your future career using a lot of different tools. You can add a lot to your career by studying books and tutorials. Doing short time courses with certification tests might add valuable weight to your CV.
10. Realize Your Dreams
Put your dreams into action. Don’t let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now. If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own company or something else, you should not use your daily job as a “waiting station”. Your daily job will get more and more busy, you will be caught up in the rat race, and you will burn up your energy.
If you have this energy, you should use it NOW, to realize your dreams.
Adapted and modified from W3Schools