With people getting A-Level results and University students graduating over the summer, it can be a time for many people to think about what they want to be doing with their life. You might have had big dreams take your life one way, but things just haven’t worked out in that way yet. You may have wanted to get into a certain career but haven’t got the grades, or it now doesn’t interest you. There can be many reasons why you want to change what you are doing, work for yourself, or move up the career ladder. So with that in mind, here are some habits that you need to get used to, especially if you are on the hunt for your dream job.
Say What You Want
There really is a lot of power in talking about what you want to do for your career or a promotion. In fact, there have been studies that have shown that it will dramatically increase your ability to achieve it when you have either written it down or said it out loud. So you need to know what you want to be doing and where you want to be. From there you can vocalise it and then make plans to make things happen.
Don’t Be a Hero
Don’t be misled by that subheading there, because, naturally, if there is a chance to be Batman, take it. But when it comes to work and your career, there is no need to be hero. And in that context, it is all about having a huge workload and not sharing it out. It is about not delegating, even when there are people that can do the work just as well as you, if not better. These kinds of habits and getting yourself overworked aren’t going to help you to be a happy person in your career, and they aren’t going to help in relationships as they can keep you from trusting or learning. So be a team player, and you may just find work is that bit more enjoyable.
Always Keep Learning
Your knowledge and skills is what is going to make or break you getting the career that you want. So don’t stop learning. It could be formal learning like doing an accounting course or a masters of management online. It could be less formal and just keeping on top of the industry that you want to work in and learning hands-on skills. Just seize opportunities to learn as often as you can.
Focus on Impact Not Approval
When you think about work, or even just your life in general, are you often left thinking if those people in the meeting liked you, or you wonder what they thought of you? These kinds of thoughts won’t help you to make changes and will just lead to you playing it safe. So instead, for positive change, turn those thoughts to ones of how you can make an impact or make some changes here. Think about what you can offer. This means that you make the switch to being externally focused, and change is much more likely to happen.