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Your Career: Keeping An Open Mind

Jun 5, 2008
Different businesses have different goals, values, and objectives and you must decide which industry best matches your individual skills. To be successful in your chosen career, you will need to have an open mind as well as a flexible schedule.

Gone are the days when students graduate from college and then begin working immediately in their field of study. You may find that the degree you have earned is not the career you really want. This is where you need to be flexible. In order to land that rewarding job you may need to change career paths altogether.

Below is a list of steps that can assist you in making necessary changes.

Keep an Open Mind

Maybe you have always dreamed about working in a particular industry or job. Maybe you have worked so hard to earn a college degree only to find out that you've made the wrong choices. Either way, it is never too late to change directions.

You may need to return to school and earn a different degree. Or you could enroll in a training program that will give you the necessary skills to break into a different field. Evaluating what your options are will give you a realistic idea of what it will take to get you to where you really want to be.

Set Small Realistic Goals

To advance in your chosen field, it is important to set small goals with a definite but flexible deadline. Zero in on the skills that will be needed for you to succeed in your new occupation.

A timeline will give you help keep you focused on your goals while providing you the direction of how to get there in the first place.

Maintain Your Flexibility

As you continue working in your chosen field, certain circumstances and people come along and influence the way we see ourselves. They also offer a different perspective on how we can best utilize our skills and abilities. Being open for change will help you to make the most of these opportunities.

As you are able to revise your plans, you might be able to see a more prudent way of making your dreams become a reality. Being able to maintain your flexibility is an important part of the career changing process.

A willingness to seek wise counsel will ultimately help you achieve your goal.

Evaluate Your Goals

Evaluating your career path frequently will help you to determine if you are making forward progress. You always need to assess your skills and, when necessary, take action - so that you remain competitive in the business world.

It is not wise to wait until your annual employee review to make a self-assessment. The idea is to strengthen your weaknesses before your employer points them out. Do not forget to always continue your education, as doing so will only make you more marketable in the future.

So even if you are not unhappy with what you are currently doing, it is wise to think ahead and prepare for the future. You want to keep your options open so that you'll be prepared when an opportunity presents itself.
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 including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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