May 14, 2013 Leave a comment
The secret to a successful career is all about developing a clear vision.
The questions surrounding this might involve what you want from your career, where you see yourself in 10 years time and the reasons why you want to reach these goals.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yet I’ve also seen many candidates fail in achieving their career objectives and this can often be because the goals they’ve set are misaligned, not properly planned or just unrealistic.
Define Your Idea of Success
We all want to be successful in our careers, but “success” means different things to different people. To begin with, think about what “success” means to you. Is it about achieving a specific salary so that you can live comfortably? It is about having that dream CEO job or is it really about making a difference to others in your community or country?
Consider what you truly want to achieve from your career and what values and factors are important to you. Once you understand what you really want, you’ll be able to develop career goals that automatically grow from your wants and needs and that will eventually bring you much career fulfilment.
Identify Your Strengths
If you are having trouble figuring out what you want out of your career, try thinking about your strengths. They could be technical strengths, behavioural strengths or business strengths.
Creating goals around your strengths and key talents is essential, since many of us gain career satisfaction and happiness from utilising our strengths on the job.
Consider how your strengths can give rise to your career goals; for example, if you enjoy working with facts and figures, your goal might be to secure an analyst position. If your strength is communicating and helping others, one of your goals might be to find employment that involves mentoring, coaching or volunteering.
Want, Not Should
A significant part of career happiness is also making sure you choose goals that you think you can achieve or want to achieve, not goals that you feel you should achieve. While we all face pressure in our lives, such as the need to pay rent and bills, making sure that your goals also bring you fulfilment in one way or another is crucial. If you develop your goals around what you or others think you should be doing, your goals are most likely going to be unattainable; and even if they are achieved, they won’t bring you any satisfaction.
One of the biggest secrets behind successful career goals is also having the right support. Mentors, managers, career coaches, recruiters, search consultants and even resume writers can all form your career support network and many will be invaluable in helping you achieve your goals. These people will ideally possess expertise in certain areas and will be able to assist you throughout the course of your career.
If you are lacking support in some areas, now may be the ideal time to make some great connections and find support from people you trust.
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