It is about starting where you stand, taking what you are and ultimately improving it, to be the best that you can be. In essence, ‘taking something, and making it better’. This is no mean feat, and can be a hard task to accomplish alone, but it can be done!
Here are steps for you to follow so you can shape your future and develop the career you always wanted.
Step 1: Assessment
You’re looking to the future, for change, for that path that is going to take you from zero to hero. First you need to assess where you are and your options, this isn’t a one stop fix – this is a journey you’re about to embark on and to ensure you know which direction to head in, you need to start from where you stand and know what you want to achieve.
The assessment of your current successes and even listing your failures is a major part of the process. To know how best to proceed and reach your goals, one must know your strengths and weaknesses. From these strengths and weaknesses you can layout the path before you, making the transition in to a step-by-step achievable process.
Step 2: Placement
Placing yourself in the right place at the right time is important in everyone’s career, and isn’t as many people believe, a coincidence. Placing yourself in that right place at that perfect moment requires careful consideration and planning. This is where companies, such as Pareto, come in to play! They have years of practice placing individuals in the right place at the right time.
How do you place yourself within that perfect moment? Research, networking and hard work. You need to ensure you research thoroughly the type of role you want, this could involve speaking with an agency, carrying out some work experience or reading through advertisements on job boards. Knowing where you want to go will help you on your path to getting there.
Networking has changed drastically in recent years, no longer is it the dreaded luncheon with awkward strangers; social media has provided a refreshing platform for individuals and companies alike to network via. Being in the right place at the right time requires you to put yourself in unfamiliar company and open yourself up to new opportunities.
Step 3: Training
We live in a fast paced world; to make sure your future is shaped the way you desire it’s important you have the appropriate training and experience. For those of us who want to stay ahead and reach them all important goals, this requires up-to-date training and acquiring the relevant experience.
Whether the training is in-house, part-time or embarking on a whole new education path to get to where you’d like to be, it all counts. It is those that aren’t afraid to continue on the path of education that will reach higher heights, as continuous training will open new doors.
Step 4: Accreditation and Certification
Experience always speaks wonders on your resume, however if you are accredited for your experience and accolades this will put you one step ahead of your competition. There are now hundreds of organizations out there that help you work towards becoming a trained, accredited professional within your field of expertise.
Accreditations and certifications provide you with credibility, confidence and a recognizable platform to showcase your skills. It can sometimes be costly however if you work with a recognized body this will help you to the top of your career ladder.Shaping your future doesn’t have to be a scary and daunting process, it can be a fun and not so difficult task. Enjoy your journey, shape your future.