If you took all the career advice you could get but are still struggling to find your dream job, then you've come to the right place. Sometimes, there are alternative paths you probably haven't even considered.
Here are some tips about how to advance your career, as recommended by professionals who have been in the workforce for years:
- Under the best circumstances, you would be working at your dream job, using the skills acquired from doing the things you enjoy. But in the real world, you will run into many jobs that don't come close to meeting all of your preferences. Of course, that doesn't mean you should give up on your passions, because you never know when you might find a job that you'd end up enjoying in a career field you didn't expect would ever appeal to you.
- There's no need to worry if you start out in an entry-level job you hate. The point is to not take your career too seriously as if it defines your whole personality. Just keep an open mind, carry on with your responsibilities, and be willing to learn something new. If you carve out a few hours a day to advance your skills, then you will develop further with experience.
- Every one of your coworkers could lend a hand in growing your network. Stay on good terms with them and they will respect your work ethic or potentially become a significant part of your life. Another way to phrase it is, "Don't burn your bridges".
- According to Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, sometimes you will get stuck at a fork in the road. The truth is, there are many choices in life but you aren't supposed to pick the right one. Instead, you should aim to pick the one you like and work hard to make the best out of it.
- No matter how tired you are of things piling on top of your to-do list or how depressed you've become from not getting promoted, you still have to do the bare minimum of showing up on time, wearing a business casual suit, and staying away from social media when you aren't taking a break. By behaving like a professional, you inadvertently become more productive, gaining the confidence to see yourself as belonging to the team.
- At the end of the day, having a wonderful career and a job to be proud of, will not necessarily give your life
meaning. Life is characterized by what you can learn and the kinds of people you choose to associate with. Remember that it's normal for you to have minor setbacks since all careers have their downsides.
To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Career Advice section of our blog.
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