There is the old saying that no one turns up at work intending to do a bad job. At the same time there is a huge difference between doing good work and being successful in your career.
So what can accountants and other professionals do to be more successful in their careers?
Have A Clear Vision
Most of us get a job and plod along. While this is okay to start with it is important to get some sort of sense of where you are heading long term.
Avoid Getting Pigeon Holed
You might be extremely good at something and get a lot of praise you get for work in a certain area. The danger is you will only be seen as the person who is great at doing that type of work and become a victim of your own success.
Find Out What Is Like At The Next Level
More senior does not necessarily mean more job satisfaction. You can easily find yourself in a job that does not motivate you because you have not really found out what it is like at the next level. Take the time to really learn what life is like at the next level.
Make Yourself More Marketable
If you are just turning up and doing the same stuff day after day you are not building your marketability. Aim to develop and improve your marketability by doing something significant in this area at least quarterly.
Be Selective About Job Moves
In any job change there has to be things that you can do and things that you have to develop. As a rule of thumb unless there is 25-30% growth in your next role, you should question the value of moving to that job.
Learn How To Succeed In Job Interviews
There are a few people who are naturally good in job interviews. The majority never do it often enough to get good at doing it. Investing some time, effort and even money on getting help on interview skills can generate a huge return on investment.
Don’t Ever Become Complacent
People can easily become complacent and think they have nothing more to learn. If you reach that point, it should be time to retire. If it is not time to retire, challenge yourself to keep developing.
The Bottom Line: Success in your career does not come with a guarantee. At the same time you can take some actions to increase your chances of success.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and business professionals to achieve more career success. He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.