Friday, February 8, 2008

9 Most Important Career Planning Tips



9 Most Important Career Planning Tips

Some of us have a need to step-up to career ladder and reach the peak of their career others might just want to stay at the same place for a long time. But whatever our career plans is a little effort to push ourselves won't hurt much and who knows.?! this Tips might help you in the long run.

1. Never Stop Learning

* Life long learning is your keyword.
- It's human nature to discover things that is new and we tend to push ourselves to the limit as long as our body could capable to accomplish.
- Change is inevetible. The world is constantly changing and as a way to cope-up with changes we need to be flexible and learn to adapt to a given situation. The same with learning as a career individual learning never ended in college it's a long process of picking bits of learning along the way which eventually leads to wisdom, that can be used in everyday living.
- If you want a real and long lasting career you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.

2. Ask, Listen and Learn
* A good listener can learn a lot.
- It is impossible for an individual to learn something if he will never ask and know first what he needs to learn and listen to what someone else's say about such thing and be able to learn to what someone else's say in that way you could learn.
- Listening means that your absorbing the thoughts and knowledge of the speaker. You might agree or have a different view of what doea the speaker has to say. What it is important is that you listen.
- In once career Ask, Listen and learn has a big role in your development not just as an individual but also as a professional. When you listen to your co-workers, boss and your superior you can learn a lot from their experiences in that way you can able to apply it in your own career.
- Ask for opinion about your performance so that you would realize what you need to improve.

3. Fulfill your current job
* Your current job might be the best place to start your career.
- Discovering your innermost talent start when you have your first career. That's the time you will fully discover your strenghts and weaknesses.
- Doing your job well and fulfill your responsibilites is often the best way to start a good future career.

4. Build your networks

* Your next career step might arise from your contact network.
- Did you know that more than 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks.
- If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends about new opportunities.
- Spend some time building new contacts and don't forget to maintain the ones you already have.
- One of the best way to get serious information from your network is to regularly ask your contacts how they are, what they do & what is new about their career?.

5. Identify your current job
* Your current job should be identified, not assumed.
- Make sure you don't work with tasks you assume are important. This is a waste of time, energy and talent.
- At times when we already have our job we tend to assume that we already know what we need to be doing, were in fact what we're doing don't have a significant effect for the progress of the company and you as a professional. We should learn to ask question, talk to your superior about what is most important thing that you should be doing. You will be surprised about the difference between what you assume, & what is really important. In effect you will learn to save your talent, energy and time.

6. Identify your next job
* Your dream job must be identified.
- Before you start planning your future career, be sure you identified your dream job. But for some identifying once dream job is hell deep. One solution would be identify what interest you the most, what makes you happy and what type of job you would rather work for free!
- In your dream job, you will be doing all the things that you enjoy. When you love your job you work no more. Everything is smooth sailing.
- Questions we need to answer: Help us identify the job that suits our personality.
- Do you like or dislike having responsibility for other employees?
- Do you like to work with technology or w/ people?
- Do you want to run your own business?
- DO you want to be an artist, a designer or skilled engineer? a manager maybe?
- Before building your future career your goal must be identified.

7. Prepare yourself
* Your dream job might show up tomorrow. Be prepared.
- Always prepare yourself and your CV. Update your skills, add work experiences, describe your job responsibilities and learn to describe yourself. If you don't know how to write CV or describing yourself, well you better learn now.
- who might know, Tomorrow may show up your dream job.

8. Pick the right tool

* Pick the tools that you can handle.
- You can build your future career using a lot of different tools like studying, doing part-time job, or freelance work.
- You can also enroll for short courses with certification tests that might add valuable weight to your CV. And don't forget your current job is often the most valuable source of building new skills.
- Don't pick a tool that is too heavy for you to handle!

9. Realise your dreams

* Put your dreams into action.
- Don't let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own comapny or something else, you should not use your daily job as a "waiting station". Your daily job will get more & more busy you will be caught up in the rat race, & you will burn up your energy.
- If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.

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