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Your Career Strategy

There are many things to consider when developing your career strategy. Some very successful people never spend much time thinking about what they want to achieve or how they are going to get there, but it seems reasonable to believe that carefully developing a strategy is more likely to lead to achieving your objectives. In general, you may want to consider the following:
  • What are you really good at?
  • What would you like to achieve (position, financial, etc.)?
  • How much risk are you willing to take?
  • What additional education or experience do you need?
  • How good are your people skills and what can be done to improve them?
  • What can you do to improve your attitude, motivation, ambition, energy, enthusiasm, communications, etc?
  • How does your career fit into the other priorities in your life?
Focusing your attention on these and other considerations will help formulate your goals and objectives. Relating them to your current situation and where you would like to be can help you determine what you need to do to get there.

In general, we would recommend the following additional guidelines: Focus your attention on what you can do to help your company be successful. This should be reflected in your attitude and your actions. Position yourself with an employer so that your efforts are immediately in line with the products or services that the company provides. Thus, your achievements should produce immediate tangible, quantifiable results for the mainstream of your company. Avoid becoming too financially dependent on your company. We know many people who are in jobs they hate, but they cannot afford to leave them. Finally, do not plan to spend your entire life with one employer. Be ready to take advantage of opportunities as they come, within your company or elsewhere.


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