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5 Steps To Building A Great Career

Apr 10, 2008
Having a great career is more than a notion - it takes solid planning and hard work.

Plan Your Career

For starters, you should analyze and jot down your strengths and weaknesses. Then make a five-year plan and ask yourself where you want to be. Do you want to settle in one place or are you open to relocation? What position do you want to have? Do you want to be working for yourself one day?

Planning your career basically starts after you've received your degree or other education. After a certain level of education, you should make a decision about your career choice so that you can pursue the career that is right for you, based on your skills and abilities.

Seek Help

Don't be afraid to ask for help! Just about everyone who is successful had someone they could turn to for advice or just to talk things over. Seek out a mentor at work; ask them for feedback on your ideas - this will help you determine your career path and then progress towards improvement.

Follow Your Dreams

What do you love to do during your free time? What is it that you seek in life? The answers to questions such as these will help you draft your career path. It is highly unlikely that you will be successful, if you are doing a job that you hate.

Career Goals

In life, nothing can be achieved without a specific goal. This is 100% true in your career; your career goals help you to remain focused and motivated. So take some time and plan a concrete career goal - you will surely enjoy every step towards it.

Career goals should always be flexible, because there will be many hurdles that you have to overcome as you progress. Be prepared to adapt to change and reevaluate your goals every two years. Try to clearly formulate your career goals before you pursue any advanced courses and programs.

Accept Failure

Be bold enough to accept failure. It might be painful - but instead of crying over the ashes, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on. The important thing is to learn from your experiences. Try and analyze what good can be achieved through the failure.

If you want to build your career you have to plan meticulously and be persistent. By keeping your goals in mind and progressing steadily, you can do it!
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 six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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