We all know at least somebody who is the face of a successful career. It could be one of your cousins or a friend or a neighbour’s son/daughter or just somebody. Have you ever wondered what it is that they do? I mean, we are all working very hard. We all WANT to have a successful career. And yet, very few of us really make it. So what are the rules, really? What’s the playbook for turning around a phenomenal career success? Let us find out!
Career Sirf Teen Cheezo Ke Wajah Se Chalti Hai – Network! Network! Network!
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You can never really advance in your career without proper networking. Networking is the tool through which you will be able to grab new and excellent career opportunities. It is a component of workspace that many unknowingly ignore and thus, never succeed. Do not turn down invitations to social meetings hosted by co-workers or clients or your managers. Turn up and charm the audience with some meaningful conversations. Do not forget to subtly exchange visiting cards or contact numbers. Awesome connections will help you land awesome jobs in your industry. It is as simple as that!
Do You Know What’s Happening In Your Industry?
Most of us are good enough for our jobs. We are skilled, talented, and we finish our work on time. And yet, somehow somewhere we lag behind. Let’s change that! How? READ! Read as much as you can. EVERY successful person in this world is prolific reader. How do you expect to succeed in your career if you aren’t up to date on industry news and technology trends?
Start reading scholarly journals or news articles about your field. Be thoroughly aware of any and every change that affects YOUR profession. Almost every other day, there is an update or advancement in some or the other technology. And you never know which update directly affects the jobs in your industry. You got to be ready!
Never Stop Studying
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Apart from reading, you will also always need your formal education. And not just the education you have had in your college days, but ONGOING education as well. Just remember that you will always be a student. More education means becoming eligible for new jobs and better opportunities. Promotions are easier to grab when you constantly update yourself with new and better educational courses or degrees. Education has taken many forms today, from online courses to seminars- you can pick anything relevant to your career.
Additionally, education doesn’t just happen in colleges and courses and seminars. There are constant educational opportunities at your own office, if you have the eyes and ears for it. We live in a fantastic business world, where skills and talent weigh much more than degrees. Hence, you can always update your skills by learning from your superiors and co-workers.
And then there is always work life balance that you can never ever forget or ignore. Your career will go crashing down without it, trust me!