Career Testing
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Career Testing
CAREER ADVANCEMENT / FEB. 18, 2015
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How to Enhance Your Career Skills Beyond Repetitive Tasks

If you are currently employed, then chances are that your work generally involves repetitive tasks. This is true for the majority since they hold junior positions at the base of their company’s employee matrix. The long-term reality for most of these employees is that they do end up settling for these positions, especially if the paycheck is satisfying enough and their working rights are respected. All in all, there are disadvantages of settling for careers with repetitive tasks, which are...

A Stagnated Career Journey

When one is stuck in repetitive tasks, it somehow feels like their career journey has lost its momentum. And as years go by, nothing really seems to change. And, gradually, the career journey loses meaning and it all boils down to merely earning a living. Majority are facing this dilemma as we speak, because they’ve essentially settled for their junior positions. Plus, they do love the job security that comes with it.

A Dull Career Streak

Key speakers in career events tend to have a very versatile career streak. Their career trials and tribulations end up forming a very intriguing career story that captivates the hearts and minds of the audience. Now, I’m not trying to urge you to be reckless to avoid a dull career streak. But all the same, there is some dullness that comes with running the same circle over and over again for years without any landmark career experiences to reminisce. This might explain why your job is so boring after all.

False Sense of Job Security

It’s no secret that everyone wants job security. And so, when people achieve job security, it tends to end there. Problem solved! In any case, as long as I do what I’m paid to do, then that’s it. Unfortunately, these are the same kind of people that are likely to end up retrenched because they got too comfortable with repetitive tasks over the years that they were overtaken by stiff job market competition.

How, then, Does One Enhance Their Career Skills Beyond Repetitive Tasks?

There are those of us who don’t feel contented in their current jobs since they’re yearning for career excellence. And the only way they can achieve that is to enhance their career skills beyond repetitive tasks. Therefore, they’ll have to...

#1 Position Themselves for Delegated Tasks to Gain Much Needed Exposure

For more tasks delegated to you, then there has to be some sense of mutual trust between you and your superior(s). However, it is important to emphasize the fact that winning the trust of your superior isn’t easy:

  • First, you’ll have to show excellence in your current work before proceeding to ask for more challenging tasks.
  • Moreover, your superior needs to feel that you’re not a threat to their current job. So, keep that in mind before being tempted to seek recognition.
  • Remember, exposure is your endgame here and you can’t achieve it when your ego takes center-stage in enhancing your skills.

#2 Play a Different Ball Game in Competing for the Few Promotions That Come Up Occasionally

I’m sure you’re not the only one competing for a promotion in your company. Your superior is also aware of the fact that there are several employees who want to get a promotion as well. However, majority will think that befriending the boss is all that counts:

  • Far from the contrary, the boss is genuinely interested in the most effective employee.
  • Thus, as the rest continue to play the Befriending Game, you should focus on your work.
  • Give more than what is required of you, and show that you’re not just another employee interested in senior positions just for the sake of it.
  • Your work also needs to reflect your company’s overall vision.
  • This means that it should be visionary, progressive, and innovative.
  • Break the rules and your reputation won’t go unnoticed.
  • On the other hand, merely befriending the boss while doing the same thing will only earn you another career acquaintance and nothing more. 

#3 Enhance Competence through Relevant Academic Credentials

Academics is a very controversial subject that I have covered in previous articles. Some view academics as an obstacle while others hate the inconvenience of time and finances that comes with it. However, it is important to understand that passion is key here:

  • If your career has no passion, then you’ll find academics being a mere waste of time.
  • On the other hand, if you followed your true career path that resonates with your personality, then boosting your academic credentials wouldn’t be too much to ask. And that’s because you know what you want and you’re sure of it.
  • In any case, people stuck in dull career paths are quite okay with their repetitive tasks.

#4 Suit Company’s Long-Term Interests

I mentioned earlier the need to ensure that your work reflects your company’s vision. However, if you really and truly want to ascend to the very top, then you’ve got to personify the company’s brand:

  • Remember, companies prefer investing in loyal employees that are likely to stay for the long haul.
  • This means that you should make yourself indispensable by acquiring skills beyond your normal routine.
  • Multitasking is a big plus, especially if your company is likely to downsize in the near future.
  • Your public image should also reflect the ideals and interests of your company.
  • Ultimately, you can’t pull this off unless you genuinely believe that your career goals are intertwined with the company’s long-term interests.

Humanity has this uncanny habit of expecting change without having to experience some discomfort. That being said, enhancing your career skills beyond repetitive tasks might appear discomforting until you consider the words of Lao-Tzu when he said, "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

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