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10 Steps to Achieving Career Success (Your Way!)

Do you dream of a career that reflects your values and interests … a career that aligns with your soul purpose and work that delights and inspires you? If so, it can nonetheless be difficult to define your “ideal” career path. And the truth is unless you work in a very clearly defined profession like law or medicine, the “ideal path” probably doesn’t exist. Therefore, it’s important to be open to experimentation — and be prepared to adapt. Over time, you will find your perfect role if you keep yourself on track by using the 10 tips and tools described below:

Step 1 – Define Your Ideal Work Situation

What’s your ideal work situation? It’s important to understand what motivates you, so start with defining your values and interests. Ask yourself, “What’s my WHY?”

Step 2 – What Are YOUR Career Priorities?

Career success means more than pay and benefits. Success may mean being part of a great team that supports and inspires you. Or belonging to a workplace that respects and provides the resources that lead to professional development.

Step 3 – Get Real. What Do You Do Best?

Consider what you do best. Are you a natural problem-solver? Do you have a knack for managing details? What skills or aptitudes do you bring to the table? Consider your likes and dislikes, such as whether you like interacting with customers or prefer to work alone, focusing on long-term planning or creative projects. Define your niche … and then own it 🙂

Step 4 – What’s Your Vision? Define And Refine.

Think broadly about your career goals. For example, if a career in medicine is not for you, perhaps an allied health position would be more appropriate.

Step 5 – Commit

Once you’ve defined your “ideal career,” be prepared to do what it takes to succeed. In traditional work situations, this may mean working your way from “entry-level” up to management and beyond. But this is equally true if you are self-employed, a solopreneur, or an independent worker. Don’t cut corners. Be sure to get the skills, qualifications, and foundational knowledge you need to build your career – either through formal education, work experience, volunteering, mentorship, and/or independent learning and research.

Step 6 – Develop a Career Profile

Clearly state your career aspirations and achievements through the use of a professional networking site like LinkedIn or Behance (for creative industries). Review and update your profile regularly, keep your information fresh, and use the platform to reach out to like-minded members of your chosen profession or expertise.

Step 7 – Explore Your Compensation and Continuing Education Needs

Consider the important factors in a job, such as pay, benefits, bonuses, vacation, and opportunities for continuing education. While it is important to understand what motivates you, your aspirations may not be consistent with your current work environment or market. If so, consider making a change.

Step 8 – Research Potential Employers

Research employers who might be willing to provide the type of career opportunity you seek. Consider companies that interest you and do your homework. NEVER attend an interview or write to a prospective employer without first doing your research. Perhaps the company just received an important award or entered into a partnership with another company. Be sure you’re up-to-date and prepared to demonstrate to a prospective client or employer why you may be a great fit.

Step 9 – Establish Relationships with Employers

Establish and maintain relationships with mentors, former bosses and colleagues. Never underestimate the power of your personal network. Consider joining professional groups or attending workshops or seminars that may increase your chances to uncover new opportunities. And, don’t forget to give back! Use your knowledge and experience to help others.

Step 10 – Visualize Your Future Role

Keep your eyes on the prize! Visualize yourself in your ideal future role and then continue to do your research. What will it look and feel like when you get there? Do you visualize your new reality and smile? If so, you’re halfway there!

In conclusion, defining your career goals and purpose is one of the most important contributors to overall happiness. More than salary and benefits, the ability to jump out of bed each morning looking forward to the day ahead — whatever you choose to do — is a gift.


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