I was given the task of covering the topic “Career Advice” for one of our websites. I was surprised at what I found, because when I embarked on my career journey, career advice was scarce. Now there are web pages filled with tips!
To be honest, I felt somewhat cheated while I was reading all of these tips – as if I missed out on a secret meeting where career advice was handed out to those who attended.
So, I have decided to share what I have learned while conducting my research, so that you don’t have to miss out as well.
Like a pair of pants from a factory store, career advice is not one-size-fits-all. What works for one person might not work for another. However, here are some general tips that might aid you in your personal career journey.
Tip One: Plotting your career path
- Take stock and evaluate – write down what you currently do, and what you would like to do in the future. This will give you an idea of whether you are on the right path or not.
- Take notes and build your career plan – research the jobs you are interested in, and speak to people who work in your desired position or line of work.
- Take action and make your move – once you have done your research and evaluated your options, you have created your personalised career map.
Tip Two: Think of your career as a series of experiences
- In order to make an impact, succeed and feel accomplished, the key is to be a lifelong learner. Your experiences expand your worldview, give you new perspectives, and make you a more interesting person.
Tip Three: Don’t settle for a job that you are not passionate about
- Because there is so much focus placed on earning a lot of money and paying the bills, you are encouraged to find a job that will help you to do just that. This is the worst career advice ever, because according to many studies, you won’t last long in a job that is merely a means to pay the bills. On the other hand, if you have a job that you’re passionate about, you’ll be excited each day, you will be willing to work longer hours, and you will end up accomplishing a lot more.
Tip Four: Start your own website to centralise your work profile
- A great idea, especially with modern technology becoming more and more popular in the working world, is to create a website under your name (yourfullname.com).
- As you grow and develop your career, you can add new projects, education, skills and examples of your work to your website. Your website will serve as a growing portfolio of your skills and your work.
Tip Five: Be good to yourself
- Building a career can be tricky, so be good to yourself. Make time to have fun and to do things that make you feel good.
- Start a journal documenting all the things that you do well, and when negative self-talk is holding you back, come up with a positive affirmation that can help build you up again.
“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” – James M. Barrie