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Want A Great Career? Try Planning For One!

Mar 28, 2008
There are no shortcuts to successful careers or successful lives. There may be some luck involved when people win lotteries and bets, but this does not mean that everyone is going to be lucky and hit that million-dollar jackpot. Those people have to make some quick decisions in their lives, and make instant career changes.

For those who are not close to hitting that million-dollar jackpot, here are some tips that will help you change your career for the better.

1. Snap back to reality - As easy as it may seem, changing careers can be a challenging and daunting experience and far from easy. It all boils down to how you perceive it. If you want to change your career, then do it quickly. Put in all your effort and all the strength that you have. Remember that you are wasting more effort and energy being stuck in a job that you do not like, and one that doesn't appeal to you.

2. Do not expect miracles - There are going to be no miracles where your career change is concerned. Do not think that a career change is going to come to you miraculously. The only person who can help you escape from your current dead-end career is you! Be proactive. Don't just sit there complacently and expect some dream career to land in your lap. It is not going to happen unless you take some steps to make it happen. You need to really go out there and do some work.

3. Analyze your values, passions and skills - When you have decided to start working on your career change, the first thing that you have to do is analyze the things that matter to you the most. These things will focus on your values, your passions and your skills. Values are principles that you adhere to in life, and these are important in your career. Passion for a particular career or being passionate about something is what will make you want to do a particular thing to the best of your ability. Your skill is the ability that of doing something well. Your passions and your skills need to be on the same wavelength.

4. Focus on the positives - When you are looking for an instant career change, you need to have a positive outlook. It does not help when you are constantly demoralized or unmotivated to change your career. Think about how much better you would feel if you were doing something you were passionate about.

So when you are trying to change your career as fast as possible, it helps to plan and plan well.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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