When it comes to your career, it’s only natural that you’re going to want to do well. After all, we don’t spend all of our time working to not enjoy what we do. It’s a complete misconception that you have to hate your job. Some people are always going to be unhappy in their careers, but you don’t have to be one of them. Because being happy can be a lot easier than you think. As long as you’re prepared to take action, put the work in, and really make a difference to the way you live your life, you should easily be able to crush it in your career. And it’s something everyone is entitled to.
If you want to create a career you love, whether it’s completely from scratch or just improving your current situation, you’ll be happy to know that it can happen. Here are my top tips for crushing it in your career!
First, you’re going to want to ask yourself one very important question. It can often matter more than any of the other steps you’re about to take. Because without knowing the answer, you’re not going to know what direction you want to take. Ask yourself – what do I want out of life? Sounds cliche right? I know… it can also sound quite broad, but this one question is essential to understanding what you want; and empowering yourself to go after it.
Your Skills & Strengths
Now that you’re clearer on what you want, you’re going to have to work out which path to take to get it. To do this, you need to know your strengths. It can be tough to be objective about yourself, but knowing what you’re good at, and assessing your skills is essential to know which career path is the right one for you. So, time for some introspective thinking.
While you’ve got your mind going, you should be thinking about the industries that interest you too. To get yourself into the right the career from the get-go, it’s essential to consider what industries you’re most likely to feel most comfortable in. The ones that peak your interest and excite you. Doing this can often rule out a lot of wrong career choices and start to highlight the one(s) that are right for you.
Now that you’ve started to narrow things down a bit, it’s time to set goals. Whether you’ve decided on a brand new career path that you’ve never considered before, or you’ve confirmed that you’re on the right track, you need to set work goals that are going to get you to where you want to be. Because when you do, you not only have guidance, but you now have a plan with milestones.
At this point, you may have realized that defining your goals can highlight some pretty important points. Maybe you need to start (or finish) college or technical school before you can progress? Or you have to go back to school to completely retrain in a new skill set or subject matter? No matter what, you should find a way to make it happen and move forward. A few years of study could be all it takes to give you the career of your dreams.
Education isn’t all that you need. You also need experience too. How you go about getting this is going to depend on both the exact career type and the industry that you want to work in. However, as a guide, you may find that getting an internship, volunteering, or even starting with an entry level position and working your way up can be just the first steps to helping you get here.
The third piece of the puzzle that often goes alongside education and experience is your sphere of influence. Networking is always essential when you want to succeed in your career. Even if you’re shy, you will find that you can network in your own time and at your own pace. You just have to start to build contacts and you will find that the right doors will be open to you when the time comes – just because of who you know.
It’s time to switch your mind to sponge mode. Because as you’re starting out in your career, and even as you start to make some serious progression, you have to be able to absorb everything. Take in anything and everything that can be useful to you – skills, contact, behaviors, and experience. It’s essential to learn, in whatever job you have, because everything will be useful to you at some point in your career. So soak it all up!
If you really want to stand out and give yourself a bit of a boost, you should think about starting a side hustle. If you’re a trainee doctor or lawyer, your time is probably already accounted for – and may limit your ability to add anything extra to your plate. And that’s okay. But if you’re a marketer or a writer, a side hustle could advance your career in just the ways that you need it too. So depending on what you do, be sure to consider how doing something for yourself could help advance your career.
Another tip that you should definitely take, is to say yes to just about everything. When you’re early on in your career, you should look to take on any opportunity that comes your way. It’s okay to be scared, but if you get a great opportunity, go with it. Even if you’re worried about the risk – it’s better to try and fail now and find your way, then to try and fail later and it is detrimental to your career.
Follow Your Heart
A huge part of saying yes and doing things that scare you will involve following your heart – even if it’s across the state or across the world. So go ahead and relocate if you have to. You can find plenty of short term rentals if you’re worried about where you’ll put down roots. Friends can be made easily too so don’t let fear or unfamiliarity hold you back from what could be your dream career.
Put Yourself Out There
Even if you’re an introvert, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. One of the best ways to get opportunities of a lifetime that will really boost your career is to put yourself out there. So jump in and see where your courage can take you!
Stay On Track
Don’t get off track. While you’re on your journey, be sure to stay on track. It’s easy to find yourself getting comfortable, or following a direction that gets you completely off course. Try not to. Stay motivated and don’t be lured into a career path that doesn’t suit you. Instead, climb that ladder. Find yourself walking along the path that you worked out for yourself and tick off each milestone along the way. Remember it’s a steady climb… not a race.
Be In The Moment
Above all else, you need to be in the moment. Enjoy every step of the way. It’s easy to get bogged down with work-related stress, but let you shouldn’t it. Because you’ve created this career journey for yourself, and you’ve done it to be in a job that you love. Take it all in and soak up each step. The best way to enjoy it is to be in the moment.
*this is a contributor post