Another Handful of Tips 71 –
Five of the best tips to help you improve your career prospects
Once upon a time people who qualified for a job could sit back and think they had a job for life. This is no longer the case.
Today we must keep up to date with new technologies and information and be prepared to retrain constantly.
Things are constantly changing so it is essential to adapt to new ideas and technologies.
Look upon each change as a step towards your goal of improving your knowledge and skills and eventually increasing your satisfaction and enjoyment of life.
1. Make a commitment
Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and make up your mind to improve your ability and expertise in your particular topics of interest.
Decide where you want to be and what you want to be doing in the future. Don’t drift. Make some hard decisions and set your goals.
Attend courses and workshops. Join professional societies. Make a real effort to keep up to date with developments in technology.
Read books and journals on your work-related subjects. Search the internet for the latest information.
2. Build new networks
Make fresh contacts by joining new organisations.
There are many cultural, educational, sporting and service clubs in most areas that would be well worth joining. Most are keen to get new members so find one that suits your interests and needs.
It’s often who you know that can make all the difference to your career.
3. Accept new methods
Be positive and look to your future. Try out new ways of doing things.
Experience and evaluate new techniques.
Have the courage to take risks. Even if you fail a few times they are still valuable learning experiences.
4. Aim for further improvement
Every time you do a job aim to do it better next time. Evaluate every task objectively and honestly.
Earn a reputation for getting things done efficiently and on time.
Aim to do things a little better than what was expected.
5. Be honest and modest
Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself.
Be tolerant of other people’s ideas and learn about their cultures and their problems.
What you want to be is more important than what you are. Aim to become a better person.
“There is nothing like a dream to help plan your future.”