How to Do Better in Your Chosen Career
Updated: Sep 7
I really don’t have the strength to write for this week’s blog. I’ve been quite busy lately and I just don’t know how to start on my next topic. Then I remember I wrote something about how to be better in our chosen career. Maybe I could publish it here.
To be honest, I don’t consider myself successful in my career. I’ve always only been the follower. I don’t lead. I’m not those types who are already at the top of the corporate ladder. Until the day I quit my last job, I’ve been just a small fry. Well, I know I’m not as ambitious as some women are.
I came up with this topic based on my corporate experience. I’m not sure if you agree with me but this is what I observed and went through so, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on this.
Every employee has this dilemma. Where am I going with this career? Most of us accept a job because we need to have one. Most of us stay because we need to survive. We always forget that we should also consider our passion in life. Is this what I want? Can it make me happy? Can it satisfy my personal goals and agenda?
Below are some tips on how to make the most of your career and professional life.
1. GIVE YOURSELF TWO YEARS IN YOUR NEW JOB
When you start on a new job, you are always enthusiastic. You start on a higher wavelength. But if you realize that your fervour is already waning on the second year, you need to start to think if this is what you want. There will be a lot of factors why your excitement dies down. It could be overwork and stress, not the job you want, horrible bosses, lousy management, pesky colleagues, no career progression. If you already start to feel this way, when everything at work makes you very unhappy, then it’s time to think what you really want to do and look for a new one.
But remember, no job is perfect. The stress level is always there. But it won’t hurt if you try on a new venture.
2. BE ASSERTIVE
You know your ability. You know your proficiency. When you have ideas, don’t be afraid to present them to your boss and the team. Don’t get intimidated. You have been hired because you have those certain skills which your colleagues or even your boss doesn’t have.
Just be always prepared when doing a presentation. You should be equipped with knowledge and information because at the end of your demonstration, your boss will definitely ask questions to make you justify your proposal.
3. IT WON’T GET BETTER OVERTIME
Don’t ever think that everything will get better overtime. When you feel that you are already not happy and not satisfied, it’s time to think on what your next step is. Don’t make yourself miserable unless you are a masochist. It won’t get better eventually. You have the skills. Prove that you can do better anywhere.
4. MULTITASKING DOESN’T YIELD GOOD QUALITY RESULTS
It’s a good thing to do a lot of things at work. It keeps you busy. It makes time fast. But if you begin to do five more tasks aside from your official one, you wouldn’t be productive. Yes, you can possibly do it but it won’t let you produce good quality results. There’s also a possibility that you will miss tasks which makes it even worse.
5. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN
It’s even better to upgrade and update yourself. Even if you are fully equipped, the world is changing and you need to go with the change. Be always updated with the latest. Read. Enrol or register into any course that is appropriate with your present career. You can also learn other disciplines that interest you. You are never too old to learn.
So, there it goes. I hope you learn a thing or two from this. And always remember, a happy career, a happier you.