How to Build a Career
A career is more than your job, it entails
everything you learn and work at during your lifetime. People
change jobs or get retrenched all the time. There is more
to it than staying in one job or even occupation. It is
about careful planning to reach your goals.
Start out by planning
Learn to know your weak and strong points.
What do you want people to remember when they read something
about you in a hundred years from now? Do you want to be
rich, famous or known for changes made to the workplace,
society or any specific field or do you want to be remembered
for a specific skill? Are people more important to you than
objects? Do you want to settle at one place or like to move
Think about the
things you dream about
What is your passion? What do you like to do in your spare
time? What is it that you have wanted to do all of your
life? Also consider those things you dread whether it is
change or routine, working with your hands, seeking advice,
dislike in people, animals, or loads of activity. People
differ and knowing what makes you tick and what irritates
you will help establish your main interests.
Consider your skills
Do you have the necessary skills for your career path? If
you don't have, will you be able to acquire these skills
through work programs, tuition or experience? If you like
singing, but cannot hold one musical note, then perhaps
you should reconsider or decide whether it is worth all
the training. Look at other aspects such as your age, gender,
community, religion, race, and the society. It also includes
your family and friends and the importance you place on
Choose the ideal
It doesn't mean that you have to select a particular job
and stay with it. Rather look at the broader spectrum of
jobs available in a certain career field.
A goal helps you to stay focused and motivated.
Plan how you will get there and make space for alternative
routes. The career journey should be just as rewarding as
reaching the goals. You need to enjoy every step of the
way even when you start at the bottom. It is not a once
off process. Your goals must be flexible since there will
also be disappointments and things out of your control.
Such will change with alterations in you environment and
Reevaluate your goals every two years and
make adjustments as needed. If you don't have any future
plans, it means you are drifting and will miss many opportunities
along the way to be the best you can be. Make the most of
it and when you find that you are not satisfied anymore,
sit down and reevaluate your position and goals.