Whether this is your first time to work or you have been working for a few years now, you should know some useful career tips that will help you grow as a professional. It is not enough that you are doing your job and you earn enough for yourself and your family. It is also important that you grow as an individual and as a professional as you move forward in your career.
It does not matter where you work-financial company, advertising agency, publishing firm, or academic institution. You need to know career tips and moves that will help you climb the ladder of success, not only in terms of getting a raise or having a six-figure salary but also in terms of your self-fulfillment.
Below are some useful career tips for you to become a successful professional:
- You should have a clear career goal. What it is that you want to achieve in your job? You can write something like ‘to be a manager at the age of 30’ or ‘to have a six-digit salary by the end of this year’. Your goal should be measurable and not impossible to attain. Writing down your goal will remind you of what you need to do to achieve it. You can also write short term and long term goals. For example, your long term goal is ‘to become an executive in your company’. Your short term goals could include things like ‘to start and finish a major project that will boost the company’s sales’ or ‘to get promoted every year’.
- Even after finishing school and you are already working, learning new things should not stop. In a company, seminars and workshops are offered to employees. Take advantage of these for you to learn new and relevant things that will help you improve your skills and capabilities. Important seminars and workshops are also great additions to your professional portfolio because it shows that you are knowledgeable about different things.
- This career move might seem risky to some people but changing companies could be a good move especially if you feel as if there is no advancement in your current company. Some people feel scared to change jobs especially if they have been working in their current company for several years. Changing jobs are okay as long as you do not make a habit of hopping from one company to another. In fact, if you have already been tenured and you decided to change companies, you will most likely be offered a higher compensation by the new company than if you wait for a raise in your current company.
- Do not blame everything on the company. Remember that you are also responsible for your career growth. You should do something extraordinary that will wow your bosses than wait for them to notice your hard work which is included in your job description. Take matters into your own hands if things are not working according to plan. You should have initiative so that your bosses will know that they can rely on you.