CAREER SUCCESS is never easy to achieve, you will need hard-work, determination and probably some luck on your side. But knowing some of the best practice on achieving career success, it can greatly helps you in your career advancement and most importantly, career satisfaction.
The definition of career success defers great from different individuals, but there is something we all agree on,
We want to feel appreciated by our bosses and co-workers.
Here are some of the most important best practices you should learn to achieve your career success!
PS. no.3 is important!
Let’s Dive In!
9 Tips for Career Success
No.1 Choose Your Occupation Wisely
Choosing your occupation is probably one of the most important decision you have in life. Not only it will determine what is your pay range, you will be working in that occupation for the next 30 to 40 years of your life.
So, before you decided to pursue any career, let’s ask yourself one simple question,
“Can I see myself doing this all day, everyday for the next 30 or 40 years?”
There are 3 possible answers:
- No, I hate it.
- Yes, I love it.
- I don’t know, if I will like it.
If the answer is a big “NO”, do not choose that career path, it is a long painful ride which you will not want to experience.
An occupation which you don’t like will not give you much career satisfaction, and it will be almost impossible for you to find career success.
On the other hand, if the answer is a big “YES”, congratulations! You are on the right track.
But most will probably be answering “I don’t know” which is normal, and I will suggest that you can talk to someone who have been doing that occupation for a long time.
How you may ask.
You understand more about the occupation you are about to enter by asking them these few simple questions:
- Why did you first choose this occupation?
- What you like about this occupation?
- What you don’t like about this occupation?
- What about this occupation that gives you the most satisfaction?
- What advice will you give to someone who is thinking of entering into this occupation?
Most people will be happy to answer if you ask politely, and probably their answer will give you a fresh insight on the career path you are getting into.
No.2 Don’t let oThers Tell You What Career to Choose
Don’t let others determine your future in life. Once you have choose your career path, you will probably not change your career anytime soon. Most, likely this will be your career for the rest of your life.
So, choose wisely. Ignore those who tells you what to do with your future, “pick this field because it have a lot of opportunities right now”, or “this is where all the money lies, doesn’t matter if you hate the job”, or “your parents are in that career and so should you”.
These people maybe genuinely trying to help you by giving you the advice which they give themselves.
But it is you who are going to work for the next few decades in that career.
Career choice is personal.
You are to be the one who is going to get affected by that choice the most, thus you should be the one who make your own choice.
It is ‘ok’ to get advice from others, or even suggestions, but you should always be the person that is having the final say.
No.3 Have a Positive Attitude
Positive attitude goes a long way in career success. Somehow, you just find someone with a positive attitude having much more success in life. It is not the success that makes the person feeling positive. But it is on the contradictory, that the positive attitude that create the success.
Positive attitude and success is like a chicken and egg question.
But recent research in psychology have found that,
“A person who is positive are seen as more successful by people whom they have met the first time.”
Research have identified this as the Halo Effect.
Let’s look at the power of the Halo Effect in this video.
No.4 Thank Those Who Help You
A little ‘Thank you’ goes a long way. Be appreciative to those who help you in your journey of your career. Give a genuine thank you to them and acknowledge their help and contribution.
They can feel your appreciation and will be much more willing to help you again the next time you ask. Furthermore, it is only right for you to thank someone who had helped you. It is just being human.
‘Thank You’ can be express in a few simple ways:
- Write a thank you card.
- Express thanks during a meeting with his/her boss is around.
- Credit him/her in the project for all the help you have received.
- Simply tell him/her thank you.
Saying ‘Thank You’ is simple, but this kind courtesy goes a long way.
Avoid at all cost at being those people who asked for help, but when the problem is solved they take all credits to themselves. These kind of people are the worst and are the ‘cockroachs’ of the company, stinky and disgusting. Not in smell or appearance, but in character which is worst, because it is rotten at the core and almost impossible to change in one day.
No.5 Admit Own Mistakes
Mistakes are painful and it is something we all want to avoid. But everyone makes mistakes sometimes in life. It is totally understandable that we make mistakes, but it is how we react to the mistakes that defines us.
By nature, when we make a mistake, we want to run or hide from it, because we feel shameful. But it is the act of running away from the mistakes we make that is actually shameful. The mistake itself, will not magically solve itself. It takes massive courage for anyone to admit to their mistakes.
If you made a mistake, admit to the mistake immediately so that you may start thinking of how to resolve it.
Management team, colleagues and your boss like people who are responsible. Admitting to your mistake is being responsible.
Sometimes, instead of getting a bad name because you have made a mistake, it actually created an opportunity for you to show your capability to resolve issues and overcome challenges.
No.6 Believe You Can
Be your biggest fan. Believe in yourself that you are able to achieve the goal you set. Believing is a powerful force. It may sounds a bit cliche.
The law of attraction says, “You get what you believe”.
If you don’t believe in yourself, who will believe in you?
No, I don’t mean that if you believe you are going to be a CEO one day, you will become one (maybe?), there are lots of ingredient required for you to add before you can really become a CEO.
Believing in yourself is more of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
When you believe in something, it will change your mindset which will eventually change your actions to make what you believe happen.
If you believe you will be successful in your career, you will change the way you act and work harder, take on more responsibility, and eventually you will get your sweet promotion.
Believe in yourself, so others may believe in you as well.
No.7 Take Initiative
Bosses just loves people who take initiative. Take initiative will just sky rocket your career. There are the employee who loves to stay in the shadow and do the minimum, so that they won’t get fired. There are those who volunteer to take on more responsibility and overcome challenges.
If you are a boss, who do you think you will promote this year?
The one who take initiative and volunteer for more responsibility of course!
In today’s society, career competition are stiff and employers are looking for individuals who are willing to bring new ideas and take initiative to help the company.
These people who takes initiative are the rare breed, and if you want to have career success, you have to become the rare breed.
No.8 Forward Thinking
Predicting the future might not be possible, but anticipating needs might be possible. Be forward thinking and be aware of what your manager might need next. Often there are hints on what have to be done in the future.
Try asking yourself this question,
“If I am my manager, what do I need to complete next?”
This simple question allow you to ‘predict’ the future. This forward thinking attitude allow you to prepare beforehand on what is required next.
Not only things will get done much more efficiently, you will be showing a positive attitude to your manager and probably to the upper management as well.
Good work efficiency and good impression to the team can give a great boost in your career.
No.9 Don’t Be AFRAID to Ask for Help
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is on the contrary a sign of someone who is willing to grow. Many people are afraid of asking for help, because they fear that others may think that they know nothing.
But on reality, it is impossible for you to know everything, there are always situation where you know something which others don’t, and they know something which you don’t.
Willingness to ask for help shows that you are humble and have room to grow, which is a positive attribute that your boss is looking.
Some tips for asking for help:
- Expand your network to different departments and have some small talk with them so that when you need help, they will be much more willing to help you. Because they already know you.
- Establish relationship with a mentor which can guide you and give you advice in your career. This can be your senior or a friend whom you respect.
The 9 Best Practice for Career Success are:
- Choose your occupation wisely
- Don’t let others tell you what career to choose
- Have a positive attitude
- Thank those who help you
- Admit own mistakes
- Believe you can
- Take initiative
- Forward thinking
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Building a successful career can be easier that you think. With some of the best career tips you can use today, you can achieve success much sooner than you think.
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