Right from the beginning, right from childhood, all the investments made and training and coaching undertaken, all build up to one thing, steering your career in the right direction.
But once you get there, it’s not the way you expected it to be. Even after studying so much, you are clueless as to which direction should you go to go to ensure a secure future. Industries open and shut down daily. What is in demand today may not be the same tomorrow.
Why Should You Steer Your Career in Right Direction?
- Having a clear vision of your career direction and goals gives people a trigger to act on. This ignites the fire that helps them be determined and focused.
- This will help announce the market as to what do you want to be known for. What are you a master at?
- Whatever your plans are for the long run, they will only run if your path is the appropriate and relevant right from the beginning. It will act as a domino, each relevant step will trigger the next one. This is how you build, this is how you grow.
- Money, fame, influence, reach, and the ability to make a difference. This is only possible if all the factors around your career path are in the right place.
So how do you take it from there? Let’s dive into a few tips that may help you shape your career in the right career.
The 14 tips in this article have been taken by looking into the lives of various people who have successfully chosen a career path that worked for them brilliantly and would recommend the same for others.
1. Know Your Definition of Success
Everyone has a different definition of success. One person may aim to get a job, while others want to own his own business, some might want to publish their book, while some might want to be a successful stand-up comedian. Knowing what is yours is your first step towards your goal. This will help you decide all the further steps that make your career count.
To kick-start things, make a list of things that you are good at, and another list of things that you have a fair amount of knowledge about. See what matches with them and then start looking for avenues that pay well for those things.
Now you have your basic vision set and something you can build your career on.
2. Know How to Approach Your Goal
Once your destination is set, you now have to plot your way to reach it. For the career path you have, look for the demand available in the market. If you have experience and investment, you can have the liberty to start your own business. But if you don’t, look for companies and organizations that are thriving in the field you are interested in. Book an interview with them, and give your best shot.
Make sure you have the right skills, if not, learn them, be an expert, don’t stop talking about it, and make sure everyone around you knows what you’re passionate about. This will set the course for all your other plans and decisions that you will make for your career.
3. Research Well
Never jump into a sea without knowing what’s inside. And if you are pursuing an industry, make sure you know in and out about it. How did it begin? What are the current trends? How strong is the market now? Does it pay well? Where is the industry headed towards? Is there a scope for change? Know all the answers before making any big decisions.
This will prevent you from regretting your choices mid-way and forcing you to change careers. Know what you’re signing up for and give your best to succeed.
4. Know the Difference Between Passion and Profession
A clichéd saying, but turning your passion to work will make your journey a whole lo0t smoother. But compromises have to be made. Not every passion can be turned into effective money making career. So know the major differences.
Find out in which sectors can you make it big with your passion, and if not, find a work that you can start liking relatively, and that won’t suck the life out of you.
5. Make Your Own Decision
The career is yours, the future is yours, so do not let anyone else make the decisions for you. Take a balanced and a well-thought decision, and not under pressure from parents, friends, or anyone trying to force their advice across.
Even though they do not agree, and you feel positive about it, go for it, and prove it to them by reaching the top.
6. Start Early
Starting something is the most difficult part to begin. Once a person begins, following up becomes easy. Timing is the key to success. A little delay will allow a lot of other people to take the opportunity and outrun you by just starting early.
Yet another advantage of starting earlier than you intend to is that you have enough time to settle yourself and make familiar with the situations. This will help you experiment early, fail early, learn early, and still keep you with enough time to buck and succeed. So be the first one to voice it out, be the first one to start, and be the first one to conquer.
7. Follow a Leader
To make you push yourself and get your daily dose of inspiration, recognize a few mentors and leaders that are marvelling in your industry and follow their work and journey.
This will encourage not only you but also a faith that you can make it big too. Apart from that, these leaders will have a ton of highly informative tips and tricks from your industry that they share with their followers that might be useful for you.
Following your mentor will give you ideas on what to do next, and help you stay updated with all the latest happenings in the stream. This will be the fuel from when you get stuck and have no clue on what to do next.
8. Grow and Learn New Skills
History is proof that people who have stayed in their comfort zone for a long time have been proved redundant after a certain point of time. People stay for years, but the industry is self-evolving. It changes itself according to the needs and demands of the industry. So if you are not updating yourself, you are not growing.
Find out what the industry demands, what skills you can learn that will make you relevant no matter what changes the field may bring.
9. Make Stronger Connections
Being a silent worker may sound strong in terms of hard work, but to boost your career in all the ways possible, you need to build secure connections. Connections can start from colleagues, and co-workers and then can extend to top-level management as you grow.
Attending business events in your industry is an excellent way to network. These networks will be a great help when you are planning to shift your job, start your own business, or looking to fund your one big idea.
Networking can be done from all the stakeholders within the organization as well, by connecting with the customers, shareholders, investors, etc.
10. Take Risks
It is a common notion that no individual in the right mind would take any risks when it comes to career. They would prefer to play safe and secure their future with a steady career choice that pays more.
But the future is unpredictable and so can be your career. A little risk that you feel can be better for your career can go a long way and give you a life better than what you could’ve had. It can be job switching to a better paying job, or relocating, or going for something less paying, but creative, a little risk which you think is the right decision for you can go a long way.
11. Be Consistent
Once you are on the course and see your plan working out, be consistent with it. Many people start things off with passion and enthusiasm, but with time, their grit and determination wear off, and they start to slow down. This affects their productivity, which in turn poses a huge risk for their career.
So once you have a clear plan of action, stick to it. Be there for your career whenever the situation demands, and be the best version of yourself. Failure is not when you do something wrong, it’s when you stop doing. So be consistent, no matter what.
No matter if you’re an employee or the owner, make sure to go out there and give your 100% without any hint of regret. This way, you learn new skills, inspire people and do justice for the plan you were meant to take, right from the time you started schooling.
12. Work ‘with’ and Not ‘against’
Take any industry and peep inside, it is filled with competitors. A monopoly in any major industry is a myth. In desperate measures, what people end up doing is follow their competitors closely and try to outdo them in every department. This results in nothing but an endless stream of strategy that just focuses on being better than the other and losing the focus on consumer satisfaction on the way.
The best way to move forward is to find out the most relevant competitors and partner with then. Every person has his own set of strengths and influence, and instead of outdoing them, collaborate with them. Leverage each skill, combine the synergy, and grow together.
13. Give a Little Extra
Find out what is that little extra that you can do apart from your day to day regular job. Many people try to make a living with their regular job and do a little extra in their free time away from the office by practising things they love and are passionate about.
This can be in the form of freelancing or just practising things you always wanted to do. Here, money is not the most significant thing to look for, but instead, try turning your hobbies and passion into a money-making venture for your career path.
14. Pass on the Knowledge
This is an effective way to constantly stay in touch with your skills and making sure you provide value to anyone around you looking for someone to guide.
Coaching is something many successful people in their field have started to provide. This can be done for free, or in exchange for a certain value, based on the value you provide. This makes you an established name in the field and increases your relevancy and proficiency.
The Negative Impacts of Being Indecisive
Not taking appropriate steps at the right time can cause more harm than you think. One minor step back can lead to a series of wrong decisions that you might not be prepared about. So here are a few negative impacts that may occur:
- Opportunities seized by someone else in the industry just because you were doubtful about taking a step. Be confident.
- Inability to earn well by choosing a career path that doesn’t match your skillset.
- Not being confident to approach situations and people.
- Lack of professionalism and under-usage of the best skills that you are known for.
- Stuck in a boring job that you bring your self-confidence down.
Career goals are subjective. What works for one individual may not work for another. It’s all about doing what is best suited for you. To start is the key for your career path, and once that is done, do not look back. What is that one advice that you have for people who are confused about where or how to begin their career path?
The very sense of knowing that the career path you have chosen is perfect for you gives you a peace of mind like nothing else. This will act as a fuel to your work engine.