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How to Think About Your Career

Defining your career

Your career is defined by your skills and how you’ve used them, not by any external measure of your progress.

If you focus exclusively on improving your skills and your impact on your organization (or to the world at large), the promotions and raises tend to come as a byproduct.

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  1. Get Passionate. This is the key to career success and fulfillment in any field.
  2. Be Bothered by Inefficiency. Consider whether there are places you could implement solutions (or at least recommend improvements).
  3. Take on More Risk. More risk, more reward.” At work, start small by pitching new ideas or volunteering to take on a challenge or two that’s outside of your comfort zone.
  4. Brainstorm More. Constant innovation is crucial to a business’ long-term success. Schedule some time each week to really brainstorm about something that’s been on your mind. See what you come up with.
  5. Don’t Limit Your Dreams. Many people are conditioned to be realistic and practical. Rather dream big for your career.
Evaluate your current job satisfaction

Keep a journal of your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes

Which aspects of your current job do you like and dislike? Are your dissatisfaction...

Assess your interests, values, and skills

Review past successful roles, volunteer work, projects and jobs to identify preferred activities and skills. 

Determine whether your core values and skills are addressed through your current career. 

Consider alternative careers

Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives by researching career options, and discussing your core values and skills with friends, family, and networking contacts. 

If you’re having difficulty coming up with ideas, consider meeting with a career counselor for professional advice.

Understand Your Performance Evaluation

Find out if your performance evaluation is according to what you understand. Identify your goals and key performance indicators with your manager, and discuss accordingly.

Solve your Blind Spots

Ask for feedback, learn from it and adjust your performance (or behavior) according to the areas of improvement that you get to know from others.

Example: After giving a presentation, talk about what went well and ask if there is something that you could have done better.

Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal with a record of your learnings and feedback (areas of improvement) can keep us on the right path, and speed up our progress, and learning too.

Listing out 5 or 10 areas of improvement and tracking the progress in weekly or monthly reviews is a great way to develop your career.