2017-06-28 by Steve
Apart from a thriving personal life, a flourishing career is the next big thing that makes life worth living. It’s undeniable any ambitious college student today dreams of closing million-dollar deals, chairing high profile board meetings, starting and managing a lucrative company, giving back to the society, etc. But what does it actually cost to get there? The answer lies in the following tips.
1.) The nature of the company of your friends will shape your career journey.
A successful entrepreneur once told a group of college students gathered for a motivational talk show, ” Smart people associate mostly with people they share a common future with, average people have only friends with whom they share a common past. That’s why you’ll keep wondering how the rich are getting richer, but the poor are only becoming more miserable as years pass.” Which, of course, makes a lot of sense considering that you are the average of all your close friends summed together.
Therefore, if you dream of being an engineer, seek out the company of established engineers, and learn from them. Similarly, if you want to be a doctor, volunteer at a nearby health facility and work for free if need be. In short, do all it takes to seek the audience of those who are more experienced than you.
2.) Don’t be afraid of plateau phases and slow progress. Be only wary of getting stuck in your comfort zone.
You’re on your first job. Granted, the pay is not so enticing but it still pays your bills, and you can afford to spare some for a rare treat every once in a while. After a year or so, your paycheck is still the same. You get frustrated, confront your boss before packing up and leaving. The trend continues, and the same happens again at your new workplace. At the end of a decade or two, it hits you that you’ve worked for more than ten different organizations, but you’re still not anywhere near being contented or fulfilled. Reason? A rolling stone gathers no moss.
That said, it doesn’t mean that you should stick to one job that offers little of no room for growth and sit duck for decades hoping and praying for a promotion. However, before you change jobs, make sure that you have a plausible reason for doing so. Plateau phases will be there, and if you want to rise above that go back to the drawing board and re-sharpen your skills.
3.) Invest in a side income source to fuel your career growth.
Celebrated investor Warren Buffet once wrote, ” If you can’t find a way to earn money in your sleep, then be prepared to work until your die.” Once you’ve landed your first job and receive your first paycheck, be it meager or lucrative, draft a plan to reinvest the cash in advancing your skills. The truth is that corporate companies will rarely train their employees or pay for their career mentorship programs. It is upon you as a responsible adult to make personal financial plans and attend useful seminars or evening classes at your spare time to refine your skills. Eventually, the accumulated valuable experience at your workplace coupled with the skills or diploma acquired from your part-time studies will kick in and propel you higher in the corporate ladder.
4.) Work hard is not as important as working smart.
We’ve all heard the adage that says something along the lines of hard work being rewarded and laziness rebuked. While that is generally true, it’s a little more complicated when it comes to the corporate arena. Finishing your office assignments promptly, for example, is not as important as doing them correctly. Whenever tasked with a new responsibility, strive to complete it in a different but easier way instead of laboring for years repeating the same arduous routine.
More career tips:
a.) The longer you stay in a trade, the more well-versed you become.
b.) There’s nothing like overnight success in the real world, especially career wise.
c.) A loyal following at your workplace will propel you faster to the top echelons than any useful ‘contact’ can.
d.) Be patient when you’re a junior and accommodating as a boss.
e.) You don’t have to apologize for every little mistake you make in your line of work, especially if you did it in good faith.
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