Planning For Success In Your Career

If you are a professional person you know that you are pretty good at what you do. More than likely you will have gained some advanced level qualifications. So without doubt you will have the potential to be successful in your career. Yet in reality many professional people in my experience fail to fulfil their potential. Why is this and what can you do differently to realise your potential and the rewards you desire?

Problem 1: You Don’t Know What You Want

Sometimes when I ask people to define what they want or what would be their ideal, they tell me all the things they don’t want. Eventually we get to there but if you want success you need clarity about what you want.

    Solution: Write down all the things you want from your career. Don’t just restrict it to the tangibles like salary and benefits. Consider intangibles too like the type of work, type of organisation, type of people, types of challenges to name just a few.

Problem 2: People Are Passive

If you are like many, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that your boss or HR will take charge of your career for. If so, think again. A passive approach leads to progress in some cases but not optimal results.

    Solution: Take control and be proactive with your career. Find out about more senior roles and what it takes to be successful. Read the biographies of successful people.

Problem 3: People Don’t Package Themselves Effectively

Maybe this is a British thing but we are not always the best at positively promoting what we have to offer. This is not just in interviews but also in CV’s, resumes and application forms.

    Solution: Make time to discover what your best skills and qualities are and then make sure you promote them effectively.

Problem 4: They Give Up Too Quickly

People tell me that there are too many people chasing each opportunity. Without doubt there are more candidates chasing each opportunity at the moment so you are going to get a few rejections. Reality is too many will give up too quickly.

    Solution: Ask for feedback on your applications and incorporate it into how you package yourself in the future.

Problem 5: People Don’t Focus On The Long Term

A career is for the long term. Despite this people often take poor short term decisions.

    Solution: Take decisions about roles, applications and job moves with the long term goal or goals in mind.

The Bottom Line: Career success does not happen by chance. You need to take control if you want to get results.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd helps professionals realise their true career potential and maximise their earnings. Sign up for his free audio masterclass on climbing the career ladder.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 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.

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