CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAY. 24, 2016
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5 Ways to Develop Your Career Before You're 35

If you have not reached 35, there are a lot of things you can do for your career. Taking some risks is a good idea. Here’s what you should start doing.

Just like you don’t have to be married or have kids by your thirties, you don’t have to have your career completely figured out when you’re in your twenties. In fact, that is more or less impossible. Life can be pretty unpredictable and can take you to places you would have never thought possible. The road to success is a never-ending process, and everything you learn along the way can only help you achieve more in your career.  

But, while you can’t predict what is waiting for you in the future, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make plans and do whatever works for you throughout the journey. As far as it concerns your career, some planning is required if you want to enjoy an easier and happier life.

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Check out what you need to do for your career before you turn thirty-five to help you make the most of it.

1. Build a Network of People

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People help people. This is just how it goes. Having a strong network can be very beneficial to your career because it provides you with a circle of contacts you can trust and get help from. These people can get you jobs, recommend you to someone they know, give you advice on how to succeed in your field and support you in any way possible. Since building relationships takes time it means you need to start working on building your network as early as possible.

2. Take Some Risks

Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way you can develop professionally and personally. Unless you are willing to do something wild, it’s guaranteed you will find a lot of barriers in your career that can hold you back from realising your potential. Taking a risk as early as possible in your career will allow you to experiment and stretch your limits. So find something that scares you and do it. Whether this is asking for a promotion or delivering a presentation in front of a big audience, any risk can help you open up and find out what you are really capable off.

3. Get to Know Yourself

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The sooner you realise what your strengths and weaknesses are, the quicker you will be able to work out what your ideal career or job is. Understanding what skills, personal characteristics and values you need to work on is vital to choosing a career that you are a good fit for and also succeeding at. Self-awareness is the first step to career success.

4. Learn How to Manage Time

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At the beginning of your career, you may think that time management isn’t of much importance. But, as soon as your work-life balance begins to tremble, you will realise that you need to make better use of your time, and change your lifestyle so that you can do all of the things you want. Time management is a skill that can be taught and developed and it’s something universities focus on. It’s also a quality that can help you be productive in your day-to-day job duties and there are many to-do list apps that can help you out.

5. Learn How to Say ‘No’

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Even though saying ‘no’ doesn’t require much effort, it’s one of the most difficult words to say. Saying no is important to your career and other areas of your life as it helps you stay in control. This simple word can show your boss, friends and everyone else that they can’t take advantage of you and that you are free to refuse what they say whenever you need to.

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Working on your ability to manage time, building a strong network and really getting to know yourself are all vital to career success. If you invest in these things before your forties, you will be in a much better position in your career.  

How many points can you check off this list? Let me know in the comments section below…

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