Do you have the ability to control your career? Or do you even know about the things that can be controlled when it comes to your career path? Probably you don’t.
We live a fast-paced world. We want what we want and we want it yesterday. That applies to everything starting from the most recently launched iPhone to a brand new car and even to the success of our career.
We want to take control of our life and want to keep a foot forward towards success. While it is good to have a sense of urgency and to be hungry for success, but in order to take control of your career, you need to balance it with patience and perseverance.
Even when you want to control your career, there are things that are out of our control. But to move further, you have to know the things that you can control in your career. Here are some the things that you can take control of:
- What you do to continuously progress in your career path.
- Your values and beliefs.
- What you say may it be during your job interview, a business meeting or during your conversation with your boss or your peers.
- How good you are at your job i.e. your performance at work.
- Your perspective or attitude towards different things.
- People that you surround yourself with.
- Your approach towards change.
- Things that you learn or you wish to learn.
Okay, so you already have control over all the above-mentioned things, now all you need to know is how to control your career using these things.
Here are some ways in which you can take control of your career:
Make a plan and stick to it
First of all, you need to make a plan. You need to figure out where you want to be after few months or few years. If you are not able to make a long-term plan, make a shorter term plan for up to 12 months and stick to it. Do whatever it takes to get you there. Be flexible with the plan because you never know when something can come up or change drastically.
Define yourself instead of hiding behind organization’s identity
Focus on creating your personal brand instead of defining yourself as a part of some organization. More often than not, companies follow a career path on the basis of what their company requires instead of thinking what’s good for them. Recognize your strength and try to take on projects that would polish your skills and make you brighter.
You need to stand out from the crowd
You need to do everything you can to stand out from everyone else around you. You need to keep an eye on your performance, grab all the opportunities to advance and take on difficult assignments.
Your career can be molded into anything you want; all you will require to do is take steps to ensure that you’re in full control of your it.