Planning your life and career is never easy. They’re very closely connected. After all, your career will play a big part in your development as a person. The truth is, life is a one-way street, but who says that that one-way street has to be a boring one?
If you’ve recently graduated and if you’ve already found that perfect company you want to work for, you’re certainly on the right track. What you need to do now is push yourself to the limit. But, and there’s always a ‘’but’’, not all companies are created equal and not all businesses are structured in the same way.
Before dipping your toes into those dangerous waters, you need to find out everything you can about your potential employer, you need to visualize your career path and make a plan accordingly.
When starting a new job, don’t assume that you already know everything. Different people can offer you different perspectives, and they might even help you learn a thing or two along the way.
Successful leaders know that leadership is all about listening. How do they know that? Because they were once a part of someone’s team. This brings us to our next point.
Some people believe that career is just something that happens overnight, not something that you work on. Those people think they will simply come across a series of opportunities and that they’ll just have to choose one. While this mindset worked for some people, not all of us are that incredibly lucky.
Setting a long-term career goal is important. By setting that goal, you’ll be motivated at all times, and your pursuit of happiness will be much easier.
Remember, one path might not take you to your goal, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up immediately. Rather, think it through and simply choose another path. Life is the greatest RPG of them all, and you should use that to your advantage.
At the end of every week, ask yourself these questions:
Was I bored?
Did I learn something useful?
Did I make any progress with my long-term goals?
Did I sleep well?
These questions will keep you on track, and by answering them, you’ll know whether you’re working in your best interest.
Even though most of these pieces of advice written above apply to all types of careers, you should know that some jobs require more practical and hands-on experience.
For example, if you’re planning a career in accountancy, and you want to lay an excellent foundation for your career, then consider applying for hands-on accounting internships. These internships will let you learn more about the industry and its requirements, and you’ll get that practical experience that all employers value more than anything.
The old cliché says that it’s all about who you know and not what you know. Naturally, this is not entirely true, you still have to have the necessary knowledge and experience, but your old mentors, friends, and even acquaintances can be a precious resource. You never know who knows whom.
Develop your personal network of people to find a job much more easily. Ask the people in your network to recommend you to someone but be ready to return the favor in the future.
There will always be obstacles in the way, so don’t simply stop pursuing your dream if you fail once or twice. James Bryant Conant said: "Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.", so be that turtle. Slowly but steadily, follow your career plan, and eventually, you’ll reach the top.
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