How To Make A Career & Stay
Choosing a career nowadays
is very difficult and it is one of the most important and significant
decisions an individual has to make. For many of us it may be because of
lack of guidance and proper direction. Career planning is a critical time,
as you move from high school to college: college to work place and you
will face enormous challenges in this world with its frenetic activities,
its spirit of increasing competitiveness, and its drive to succeed.
When you choose a Career you are now on your own, facing
constant change, new environments, and new friends. You're exposed to
varied new ideas, cultural adjustments and the ever-present challenge to
To many of you will come a
complete change of lifestyle as you leave home and country: seeking
greener professional pastures abroad. This can be the turning point in
every individual's life. Hence, it is vital that much thought and care is
taken before making a choice. Various factors are significant in
determining one's success in professional life.
Change is inevitable, why not accept and use it to our own
advantage. Our future success and the quality of life depend on the
choices we make now.
Most situations can be seen from more than one perspective. Ask questions
to self to see things from a new perspective. May be it will take some
time to build the habit of finding a new positive perspective. When we
are happy and growing we generally have a positive view of things,
which means learning about something new. It also means learning more
about the organization, its policies, cultural differences, people working
with them. This can help the workplace more enjoyable and help one to
improve their performance and career progression.
Every occupation requires certain specific aptitudes. The works
that we are most likely to enjoy are the work that uses our aptitudes.
Aptitudes or special abilities are natural talents. Aptitude is an inborn
propensity of an individual to acquire certain skills, which are highly
stable for longer periods.
Another aspect is competency, which refers to our overall
capability to perform a particular task or activity. Different nature of
job require different level of competency. Before taking up a job it is
important to keep in mind the competency requirement. Strive to acquire
new competencies to stay ahead.
Keep your goal constantly within view. When you write down your
goal you make a permanent commitment to yourself. Then despite ups or
downs, encouragement or failure, your written word keeps you totally
focused. Success comes to those who let nothing come between them and what
they intend to achieve.
Interaction with like-minded, positive-thinking people will
encourage and challenge you. Competition is a stimulation you need to spur
you on to greater efforts. Be a "people person". Always remember what you
give you get back. An open relationship and sharing the company or group's
vision, will meld all of you into a unit; striving for the company's best.
And that's success. Successful people are very time conscious. So plan
your day in definite time frames. Slot in Study. Exercise. Prayer. Healthy
eating habits. Leisure time. Social time. Enjoy Nature. Get enough sleep.
As important as your personality are your interests,
for it is interest in a particular activity that makes you self-motivated,
makes you more productive and makes you put in your best.
Interest would determine
one's total involvement in the job. Although interests depend to some
extent on one's personality, interests can also be developed. Once an
individual knows one's aptitudes, he or she may be able to develop new
interests based on the aptitudes.
To conclude, choosing a career and stay ahead is like managing a
successful family life. Learn from your wife. Update your competencies.
Contributing Writer: George Joseph