How To Get You The Career You Always Dreamed Of – Part 1
No matter where you are in life, whether you are a fresh faced young adult just out of school or a 50 something who has always dreamed of bigger and better things, there is no time like the present to get started on your own journey to success. In this 3 part series we will take you through the checklist for making your own fate and getting to where you want to be in your career.
Let’s Be Clear: It’s NEVER Too Late
So many people get bogged down by the ‘its too late’ cliché that for some reason stipulates (in our own minds only) that once you get to a certain age you have to just take your life as it is. The only person who can dictate what you do with your life is yourself; therefore you are the only person holding yourself back.
Yes there are always going to be the odd person, the exception to the rule, who has gotten somewhere in life without much by way of qualifications, but that doesn’t mean that success will fall into your lap if you try it the same way.
In a competitive working world, to climb the career mountain you need the right equipment and experience, which is where qualifications come in. Taking a relevant qualification will provide you not only with the theory behind the industry you want to enter, but the practical knowledge and skills to perform competently within a role in this industry.
Qualifications not only tell employers how competent you are in the job, but they also give you the confidence boost to know you can do the job, as does getting a little work experience where possible to further boost your employability.
It’s not just about what you know, it’s about who you know. Networking is what brings you into contact with the people who can help you progress in your career, so you need to start finding out who the main influencers are in your chosen industry and when/where networking events are held.
You can network the traditional way, which means attending networking events set up for that purpose or you can network online using specially designed social networks such as LinkedIn to connect with, others in your industry, join discussion groups, etc. A healthy balance of both is the best way to go about it, as the world is swiftly becoming more reliant on digital technologies but still values traditional communication.
Once you have your foot in the door and have built relationships with the right people, when you begin applying for jobs you have personal recommendations to back up your application, which go a long way.
Saying no is not a life skill that comes naturally to a lot of people. You would think it would be easy, if you don’t like the way something is you just say NO right? But every one of us will be able to look back to a certain point in life where we didn’t feel comfortable saying no. We don’t want to offend or hurt others, break down relationships or give a bad impression. But on the career mountain honesty and saying no are very important tools and will help you climb successfully.
It won’t always be easy, you will still feel terrible saying no, especially if it has an emotional effect on those we feel close to, even loved ones, but it has to be done. You have to say ‘sorry darling, I can’t attend your father’s birthday dinner because I have a crucial meeting and I can’t back out’. The long term pain will make way for long term gain.
The issue with saying no can become even more tricky when working relationships become romantic, which is why many companies have a ‘no employee relationships’ rule, so be careful who you become emotionally involved with, be it friendship or more, along the way.
I hope you found part 1 of this 3 part series enlightening and motivational. In part 2, I will talk about ways to get yourself noticed and make yourself stand out from the crowd, which will be on the blog next week.
Remember, no matter where you are in life, there is no time like the present to get started on your career path! Take a look at some of our training courses and qualifications to help you get a step up in chosen career.