CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 07, 2015
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Top 5 Unique Pieces of Career Advice Nobody Mentions

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What does it take to reach career success? If you have been looking everywhere to find the secret formula that will help you achieve your career aspirations and make you successful, you have come to the right place. This article offers some useful tips that aren’t so popular amongst other career sites or blogs that will help you take your career to the next level!  

Let’s go over some of these unique pieces of career advice you have probably never heard of before:

#1 Make things happen

You won’t get to realise your full potential by simply doing your job, sometimes you have to make things happen. For the same reason you can’t let fate determine your future, you should be able to take charge of your career and actually put your plans into action. Only when you are out there and actively searching for a job or giving your best will you be able to conquer your career aspirations. The truth is that small actions all combine to help you to reach your full career potential.

#2 Try it out

How will you know if you are destined to do the job if you don’t try it out first? When you have a lot of talents and attributes that are considered as indicators that would help you excel at any career you choose, how do know what you want to do for the rest of your life? For example, you know you are good at working with children and carrying out research, and you are also interested in biology. So what is going to help you decide whether you want to be a primary teacher or a microbiologist? Some hands on experience will do the trick since it will provide you with a good insight as to what it is expected from you and will help you become familiar with the risks and challenges associated with each profession.

#3 Embrace failure

Failure should not be something to be afraid of. If you let failure bring you down it might prevent you from exploiting your full potential and achieving your career goals. No matter which direction you choose to take, you will face a lot of obstacles along the way, which means that sometimes you may need to fall in order to rise. Regard each failure as an opportunity and it will take you one step closer to where you want to be.

#4 Seize opportunity

Whatever the case, you should be in a position to identify opportunities that can help you towards achieving your career goals. Opportunity knocks your door disguised in various forms so you need to be self-aware and constantly focused on your targets. So, being present at any events – seminars or presentations that aim to develop your employability and skills and most importantly help you network with other people is essential. In the end it’s all about planned happenstance, which refers to creating opportunities and taking action on your curiosity as well as retaining the right attitude and determination.

#5 Nothing’s taken for granted

Even when you have decided what your career will be at the age of 17, there is no rule that says you are going to exercise this profession until the day you retire. As much as we want it to be, career doesn’t move through a clearly defined linear course. On the contrary, it can and will possibly be messy as nothing is taken for granted.

This means that throughout your life it is highly possible that you will change jobs at least 5 times until you find the one you are looking for or start your own business. As long as the needs of the job market are constantly changing, we also need to be flexible and be able to explore alternative routes to success.

Hopefully, these 5 pieces of advice have helped you change the way you regard career planning and have encouraged you to think about your career a bit differently. What you should always remember is that career planning is not a logical and linear activity, and actions are required to make things happen.

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