CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 16, 2015
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5 Ways to Take Control of Your Career and Rise up to the Elite

So, you’ve got a good job. Great! Now, there is a long life ahead and you are planning to live with this profession for about 30 to 50 years. It’s a lengthy journey and if you keep on doing the same thing every day, it would become monotonous, uninteresting and boring for you.  The only word you need to remember before starting your professional career is “SPECIALIZATION”.

Do you want to earn lot of money in the course of your working lifetime? Then, you must become a recognized and highly expert in any specific area of your industry. You have to do few things today to have a much better life for you and your family in future.

Here are 5 key steps:

1. Always pick a growing field

A still industry will never offer you great prospects of getting into elite. But, if you pick a developing field, you’ll find people with high demand for your expertise. For example, in today’s world, web development or software development is a growing field and it will increasingly become important throughout our lifetime. So, focusing on it will worth your time and effort.

2. Find the one thing

Suppose you are in a field of “medicine”, “sports” or “software development” and planning to become a guru in your industry. But, these fields are so vast and well-trod that you’ll not be able to excel at everything. Also, if you see every expert in your field, you’ll find that nobody is covering everything. If you try to do this, you’ll be lost. So, narrow down your focus to identify any small area and specific niche.

3. Know your assets

Know thyself; you have to start from your own self by knowing your talents, abilities and knowledge. These are your real assets and these are the areas where you’ll need continuous improvement to build them more. The value of your work and your contribution to your colleagues, clients and company depends on these assets.

4. Create a development plan

You’ll never reach the top level without continuous development of your knowledge and expertise. Think how can you improve your knowledge? Which courses you need to take? Write down how to accomplish them step by step. For each objective, your plan must include timeline to know how and when you will complete it.

5. Know the consequences

This is one of the most important things you need for your time and life management. Something is valuable to the degree to which it has serious potential consequences and something is unimportant to the degree to which it has low or no potential consequences. So, one of the thinking you should have is to look at everything you do and ask yourself whether this have big potential consequences or not.

You will find most people spend most of their time working on things that have low or no consequences. How is this that some people move up in the course of their working lifetime and finally earn lot of money, but the great majority of people don’t? The secret is the mentality characteristics of these successful people, who in their majority are long-term thinkers. They are thinking today of the consequences of their behavior in terms of where they want to be in the future.

Are you ready to invest time and energy to learn things that will help you in years ahead? Follow these 5 steps to reach where you want to see yourself after 10 years.

 

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