Table of Contents
- 1.- COMMITMENT
- 2.- RESPONSIBILITY
- 3.- SELF-ASSESSMENT.
- 4.- SKILLS
- 5.- DO IT
- 6.- STRATEGY
- 7.- MAESTRY
- 8.- OPTIONS
- 9.- EXPERIENCE
- 10.- THINK POSITIVE
- 11.- CHANGE
- 12.- FOCUS
- 13.- REALISM
- 14.- OVERCOMING
- 15.- MENTORS
- 16.- USE TECHNOLOGY
- 17.- MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS
- 18.- ASSERTIVITY
- 19.- REINVENTION
- 20.- LEAVE YOUR PRIDE ASIDE
How to plan and improve your career? Quite a question, isn’t it? In this article, you will find 20 tips to improve your professional career.
We all have concerns and desires regarding our employment situation, either because we are looking for a job, or because as employees we are not as satisfied as we would like to be, or because as potential entrepreneurs we cannot find a way to start our business or make it grow.
Moreover, when we talk about a professional career, we are not only referring to our current situation or occupation, but also especially to our projection in the future, because our resume is not only what we have done, but also what we want to do.
How do you see yourself in 5 years? The answer to this dreaded question typical of a job interview is also relevant to reflect on our current and future values and interests that ultimately shape our lifestyle.
But the professional career is conditioned by daily decisions and habits. Whether you want to improve your professional life in 6 months or in 10 years, to start with I always propose this tool: ask yourself what should I be doing now to get to be doing what you want later.
And it would be bad advice to tell you that “before acting it is necessary to know what you want” because knowing is the result of doing and experimenting.
But there comes a time in a professional’s life when they have to stop reading advice on how to improve their career and start applying it. So, let’s get started.
Achieving a goal always means committing to it, and making certain efforts. Decide the price you are willing to pay to achieve your challenges.
Professional satisfaction also requires responsibility.
To grow as a professional is to do more of what you already like to do while doing what you have to do.
Don’t rely on yourself, rely on your effort and your current abilities. Believing that being willing is able is naïve, but believing that you can’t without trying is absurd.
Professions change but competencies remain. Companies and colleagues value the value you bring, not your qualifications.
Don’t just pursue degrees, focus on applying skills and mastering tools.
It’s not enough to want to, you have to know how to apply the key skills and tools in your current occupation.
5.- DO IT
Act to move forward: don’t wait for everything to fall into place before you start. When you do things, you learn things; when you wait for things to happen, they happen or don’t happen, but you learn little.
Value what you have to get what you lack. Before you change something, decide what NOT to change.
The purpose of the change is to make things better, but drastic changes often turn out to be like floods for drought: they only add new problems.
You don’t wait for a vocation, you build it.
What motivates is not a specific profession but the mastery you get by exercising it.
We can be interested in almost anything if we give it a chance because the more you know about something the more self-esteem and recognition you will get.
Plan to always have several alternatives. Successful professionals are not those who have a good plan, but those who have a good alternative plan.
At any time in your professional life, you should always have more than one alternative at hand.
Think less and try more. The best thinking is the one that allows you to apply methods and compare results.
10.- THINK POSITIVE
If you want to motivate yourself to improve, detail and remember the positive benefits of change.
Follow the three rules of change: concrete, do and evaluate.
- Do you expect life to get better or do you pursue concrete goals?
- Do you think a lot or do a lot?
- Do you apply the easy methods or the ones that work?
Focus on getting what you want and stop doing what you don’t want. Unhappiness is not knowing what you want but killing yourself to get it.
Acceptance is not surrendering, it is a beginning. Accepting that you can’t always do it is not a failure, it is a sign of maturity that can open other paths in the future.
You don’t learn from failing, you learn from overcoming failures. If you want to start learning from your mistakes, after a failure, ask yourself:
- What can I learn
- What I would have done differently
- What competencies should I train
- From whom should I learn
- What is the next step
Find your professional references and mentors. If you want to improve, look at what makes others do well. We learn much more from the successes of others than by obsessing over our own failures.
16.- USE TECHNOLOGY
Develop digital and transversal competences as an investment in the future. We tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short term but underestimate it in the long term.
17.- MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS
However you feel, do what you have to do and get on with your plans. Accept and live with your bad emotions and negative thoughts while doing what you must, what you plan to do.
Listen to criticism but keep rowing. Don’t give up because of the social pressure that tells you “the fewer things you try the less likely you are to fail and be criticized”.
Improve your social skills and assertiveness because the way to your professional happiness is to do more of what you want to do and less of what others want you to do.
Some endings are happy, but others are necessary. Sometimes the only way to end a war is to lose it. When the time comes, reinvent yourself as a professional and stop moving forward on a dead end.
20.- LEAVE YOUR PRIDE ASIDE
There are times when we must leave our personal pride aside, and if we must change, we must change. Don’t get stuck in the “I am this way”. To stop being yourself in order to improve yourself is not to become another person, but a better one.