Your career is an important part of your life. You spend much of your time during the week at work, and it benefits you to both have a career that you enjoy and to have the skills necessary to advance in your chosen career. When it comes to furthering your career, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some guidelines to help you on your path to career fulfillment.
Visualize Where You’d Like to Go
- One of the most important things you can do for your career is to have a vision of where you see yourself in the future. Many people have vague ideas, but it will help if you are specific in setting your goals for your career. Once you know what you want, you can start taking small steps toward your goals.
Surround Yourself with Hard Workers
- Who you choose to spend time with at work can greatly influence your goals for your career. If you spend your time with coworkers who do the bare minimum, you are setting yourself up to be left behind when opportunities for advancement arrive. Instead, choose to spend time with those coworkers who go the extra mile. They’ll push you to be better at your job.
- It can be easy to get caught up in office gossip or to react unprofessionally to stress when you’re having a bad day. We’ve all been there, but how you react when under pressure says a lot about who you are. In short, be professional while at work. If you need to vent, do it on your own time.
Respect Your Coworkers
- Not only should you respect your peers in the workplace, you should also respect those above you. Consider this. The people above you are who decide whether you advance in your career. If you’re serious about furthering your career, a little respect and appreciation for the jobs that they do will go a long way toward making you look like a good candidate for advancement.
Work on Your Communication Skills
- Communication skills aren’t just what you need when you sit in the breakroom with your coworkers and talk about your day. Good communication skills go beyond pleasant situations and are the most useful skill you can have when faced with a conflict or confrontation while at work. Practice being level-headed and calm when faced with a tense situation. Don’t jump to conclusions or presume that you know what the other person is going to say. Listen first. Then respond to what you heard. Taking the time to actively listen will help make sure that, when it’s your turn to talk, you too will be heard.
- Whether asking for clarification on a project or simply asking for feedback on how you did when completing a task, asking questions shows that you are interested in learning more. Most people like to be asked questions. Give someone else a chance to help you on your way up. Ask questions to learn more about your career. The more you learn, the more valuable you are as an employee.
If you follow these guidelines, you are certain to have an edge over people who don’t incorporate these skills into their life. Consider getting a psychological assessment done to assess your leadership skills. Not only will these skills serve you well in the workplace, but many of them can also pertain to your everyday life outside work. Practice them daily, and watch your life change for the better.