Oh if only career development were instant. Click one button, and suddenly—BAM—you’re a CEO, the president, Miss Universe, or whatever you want to be. Though, let me manage your expectations. Even CEOs, presidents, and beauty queens put in a lot of work to get to where they are.
Career development is an ongoing process. You need to start with self-awareness. Once you’ve identified your boundaries and limitations, that’s when you can begin pushing outward and exploring. Pro-tip: No one ever became successful by staying in their comfort zone.
Here comes the challenge. Not knowing what lies ahead is terrifying. Well, we hear you, and we empathize. For that, here are the things you need to know as you prepare for the things waiting for you after your education:
- What “the right job” is
- How to make a fantastic impression
- A few skills you should pick up
- Things to consider when faced with career choices
- How to fail (and recover)
- A few inspirational stories of people who’ve “made it”
What makes the job “right?”
Take note of the difference between career and job title. Career usually refers to the field or industry, while job title refers to the more specific list of responsibilities you’re taking on. Over the course of your career, you can hold different job titles. Career development is about moving up the ranks, and that all begins with identifying which field you want to pursue. These articles might help you decide:
Here are a couple of tips to finding, maybe not the best, but at least the right job for you. It should be a job where you could maximize your talents and skills.
Let’s admit it: a lot of jobs require math—data science, management, operations, etc. However, a lot of jobs also barely even touch on math. It all depends on what field you go into!
Finding a great job is essential in your long-term happiness. As the saying goes, Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life. So, then, we’re left here to answer the question we thought was easy to answer: what makes a job great?
How do I impress my workmates?
After landing that job, it’s time to make an impression. How your workmates see you—whether it’s your boss, your teammates, even your eventual juniors—will have an impact on your career development. What they think of you will affect how dependable they feel you are when the going gets tough. Consider these tips to be proactive with their perception:
If you’re starting early and took up an internship, keep in mind that your superiors could be able to put in a good word for you when you’re job-hunting after college. Who knows? They might even consider absorbing you into the company!
We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but at work, appearance matter. However, not all companies have prescribed uniforms or dress codes. Here’s a tip: you don’t have to look runway-ready, just presentable and put-together. Trust us, it will also help boost your productivity.
Admittedly, working in an office with tens or hundreds of people at any given time could be stressful for introverts. You don’t have to force yourself to change. Get creative with how your brain is wired to work!
Whether you’re an office veteran or a fresh grad, the workplace can be a challenging place. Every office has its own kinds of personalities and it’s up to you how you navigate your way through it. The key is knowing how to identify and deal with different types of officemates.
These skills will give you an edge
Now comes the fun part. You have the job, and you’ve made a good impression. Next is consistently focusing on “growth.” This is the core of career development. To move up the career ladder, you have to keep upskilling. Technical skills are important, yes, but your soft skills matter more as you begin managing your own team.
Knowing what your vision for yourself is will help you identify which skills you need to pick up over time. You don’t have to share your vision board with your employer, but recruiters are always on the lookout for employees with goals. On top of that, this could also get you through those low-motivation days.
You won’t always have a teacher or mentor to tell you how to improve. For that, you can turn to online courses to pick up the skills you need to proceed. We’ve put together some articles about online education to save you the hassle. (You’re welcome!)
There’s a massive difference in working hard and working smart. Spoiled: people who work smart tend to get further. Here are a few tips to stretch your productivity in an 8-hour workday.
This could be a terrifying idea for fresh grads who have no experience talking to a bunch of strangers—let alone people who they feel are way out of their league! It’s not as scary as it seems, and if you’re serious about getting a promotion, you need to learn how to network.
To succeed, you also need to be a great team player on top of being technically proficient. These soft skills should go with your technical skills to make sure you stand out.
At a crossroads? Consider these things
Over the course of your career development, some realizations will force you to rethink where you’re headed. How do you know which way to move forward? Here are the things you should think about:
Changing jobs is normal, but what about changing careers? Moving from your current path to another is potentially life-changing because it could mean that you have to start over. Even after college, you’d usually apply for a job related to your undergraduate course. But what if you didn’t want to?
Pursuing postgraduate studies is an important decision in your life that should not be taken lightly. Before you enroll in a graduate program, here are some points you need to consider.
Because building a career takes so much time and hard work, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed when choosing the appropriate steps on how to build your path. It’s human nature to seek growth and personal development.
We asked several working millennials about their college hobbies. Then we asked them about their careers. Do college hobbies align with one’s career choices? Here’s what we found out from a bunch of diverse folks!
Maybe you’re anxious about planning your career because society says, “Pick one track in senior high, finish that one degree in college, train in the same field, then specialize in that industry.” The good news is it’s okay not to stick to one career path! You should be free to explore your potential no matter what field it is.
Forming the perfect ‘Imperfect Mindset’
Knowing how to get back up after falling would make your career development path almost bulletproof. It takes grit and humility to turn your disappointments and shortcomings into learnings that could take you further than how far you would have gone had you not failed.
Nobody ever said failing was fun. But if you ever want to succeed – it is necessary. Much like critical thinking and grit, you should learn how to fail because it’s an invaluable skill for success. You may not figure out how to get it right, but at least you’d know how not to get it wrong.
Every big dream can seem intimidating and overwhelming at the beginning. It can even seem daunting the moment you start making it happen.
Every successful person in the world started with a big dream. So, whatever it is – go all in!
The thing about success is it comes in waves and it comes with challenges. No matter how talented you are, failure will knock on your door. No matter how hard you work, adversity will show up. Some people break under it but a handful are made under it.
So, the #1 secret to success? Endurance.
The truth is, passion is a feeling of momentum when you’re going after what makes you feel fulfilled. Develop your passion by living your life on purpose. Here are a couple of formulae for you. They’re not mathematical, we promise!
Whether you’re a student or a young professional, you will feel lost at some point. Follow these steps to help find which track you really want to be on.
Stories of #Trailblazers and #Visionaries
If you want a picture of yourself several years into your career development journey, just look at these stories! The point is not to compare yourself with these success stories, but to believe that one day, you’ll have your own portrait of success too.
Corporate life can be fulfilling, but sometimes it just isn’t your cup of tea. Here are a few stories of people who found and followed their passions, and eventually succeeded outside the corporate world.
Every so often, a brave soul steps up and shows us that sometimes the road to success is the path you’re already on.
If you’re one of those folks who love shouting “Pinoy ako!” every time a Filipino perseveres abroad, here are some Filipino achievers you might also want to draw inspiration from.
Here are 6 people who might remind you to keep moving forward, no matter what. These success stories prove that where you are today doesn’t define where you can go tomorrow.
The road to success is paved with grit and perseverance
There is no concrete formula to career development. The process changes depending on the path you take, and how resilient you are when it comes to adversity. Whether you seek out challenges or avoid them also play into it. There’s no need to be reckless by jumping straight into the unknown, but it also wouldn’t do you any good to stay comfortable.
If you want to grow faster, keep yourself in the growth zone—the area between your comfort zone and the things you don’t know. There, you’d always be pushing your limits, picking up new things as you go. With proactiveness and a little patience, there’s no other way to go but up.