Everyone might want career success, but it's an elusive goal to be reached in many cases. This is because not only does the definition of "career success" differ from person to person, but not every approach works for everyone. Nonetheless, there are quite a few truths that are universally accepted regarding obtaining career success, and this guide will go over seven of them.
1. You Have To Fake It Till You Make It
The fact of the matter is, no one really knows what they're doing until they've had some practice and experience with it. Even if you have spent years in a similar role at another company, it's still going to take time to get used to your new role because there will be different people to work with and things will be done differently. Realize that practice, patience and putting on a confident front are simply necessary to become good at what you do and get ahead in today's business world. On the other hand, it's also important to ask for help when you need it and not take on roles or assignments that you are too unprepared for.
2. You Have To Manage Your Career
No one else is going to be looking out for your career but you. You have to take charge and guide your career where you want it to go. This includes having a multi-year plan and end goals but also the flexibility to alter them if needed. Reevaluate your plans and the path your career is taking on a regular basis to see how things are proceeding and determine whether you want to make any changes. Take advantage of any opportunity that could help you chart your course, whether that means seeing a career counselor or working with a boss that is invested in your career growth.
3. You Have To Have Passion For Your Work
Even if you don't love your job, you have to take pride in your work and have some passion for what you do. If you don't, you're likely on the wrong track and aren't going to get ahead. If a string of jobs has not satisfied you, then it's likely the problem is with you and you need to take the steps to address and fix whatever the issue is, whether that means accepting more realistic expectations or pursuing a different line of work.