You Control your own Journey
By: Samer Majid (Assistant Event Director)
We know that having the right support can make all the difference when it comes to achieving your career goals. That's why I am writing these ten (10) career advices below to help you take control of your career journey with ease.
1. Do what you say you'll do
It is essential that you match your words with your actions. Employers appreciate employees they can trust and depend on. If you tell your leader you can finish a project by a certain date, then you should take the necessary steps to finish the project accordingly. Relationships are essential to any business, and without trust, a relationship cannot be cultivated. Once you become accountable, you will notice that you attract those whom you can also count on.
2. Walk outside of your comfort zone
When you try new things, you prepare yourself for your next role. You may consider taking on even new and difficult tasks that you aren't comfortable with to expand your skill set.
3. Think of yourself as a lifelong learner
You can continue to learn no matter what stage of your career you are in. When you learn continuously, you can gain more skills and become flexible and adaptable in your career path. Possessing a willingness to learn is an attribute that is highly valued in today's workforce.
4. Don't be afraid to speak up
Meetings are meant for employees to share their thoughts and ideas on important topics that affect the business. If you have an idea or if you have a reason to believe an idea shouldn't be implemented, then you should mention it in a professional way with accurate data to back up your claims. You may also request a face-to-face meeting with a supervisor if you need to discuss a sensitive matter or ask for advice. When you participate and speak up, employers will notice that you care about your job and take it seriously.
5. Find a job you enjoy
When you enjoy the work you're doing and the people you work with, you'll find that time passes effortlessly. It may take a while to find a job that is a good fit for you, but it is worth the search. Once you find a job that you enjoy, you will be willing to contribute more and work will likely feel less burdensome.
6. Know that every job will have unexpected inconveniences
All jobs have minor to major inconveniences that may cause you some frustration. Try not to give up, and begin to view these unexpected inconveniences as temporary as you continue to do your best at your job despite these inconveniences.
7. Find a mentor and be a mentor
Having a mentor and being a mentor can give you valuable insight and help increase your visibility in the industry. It will likely help you along your career path if you ask your mentor to introduce you to individuals that are currently working in the industry you are interested in. When you begin to mentor, you can introduce your mentee to others.
8. If you need help, ask for it
There will likely be certain tasks or projects you must complete at your workplace that you may not understand. It is best to ask questions to clarify, rather than make unnecessary mistakes. This way you save time and ensure that you can complete the task or project successfully the first time.
9. Be willing to sacrifice some things to build the career you want
You may have to sacrifice time and money to build the career you want. This may include taking extra classes, pursuing internships and other things. It will not always be easy to choose work over fun, but it is worth the effort to obtain the career of your choice.
10. Be confident, yet humble
Confidence can lead to productivity at work. It is important to develop your confidence to effectively communicate your ideas in the workplace. Remain humble, and always accept that you will not always be the one who knows the most.
When it comes to your career, don’t pick the advice you found easy to apply, rather, take all the advice and adapt them to your career no matter if it takes you a day or a year or more. Never stop trying and always remember this quote:
“You will not fail until you stop trying”.