Succeeding in your career involves more than just having a job you love, although that’s certainly a huge plus. You have to take deliberate steps along the way to develop both personally and professionally. No matter what stage of your career you’re in, here are the top actions to take to ensure you’re always moving forward:
Figuring out whether or not to change jobs is an incredibly challenging decision. After all, you wouldn’t have picked your current job if it didn’t check most of your boxes at the time. But when those feelings of restlessness creep in, it’s time to assess whether or not it’s still a good fit. Should you make moves within your industry or have you just hit a temporary rocky patch? Here are some common reasons you should consider making a switch and how to ensure your next job is a better fit:
Career planning can be a daunting task to start. Articulating exactly what you want out of your career path requires a lot of reflection and soul-searching. But, in the long run, giving career planning the time and attention it deserves is essential. A successful career doesn’t happen by chance. In order to succeed, you have to know what you want to do and where you want to go. And that’s exactly what career planning does for you.
The inevitable happened, you hit a rut at work. You’re questioning everything: your role, your passion, even your entire career. You start thinking about other career paths and consider making the switch. But the entire time you aren’t quite sure whether a career change is the right decision or not. How do you know for sure? Make sure you’ve answered these questions before jumping ship:
It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room when it comes to choosing a career: our salaries. When we’re planning our future, we’re often told things like “find your passion” and “do what you’re good at.” We’re rarely told to think about how much money we’ll make despite the fact that getting a paycheck is one of the main reasons we’re going to work in the first place. Even if we’re doing what we love, we need a salary to pay our bills and live our lives. Where should salary fall on the priority list when looking at career paths? The answer hinges on looking past the dollar amount to figure out what exactly you get out of a salary and what you value most in a career.
Picking a career path seemed so simple as a child. You proudly told everyone you wanted to be a doctor or a dolphin trainer like it was as simple as choosing your favorite toy. Then you grew up and realized careers seem a lot less like paths and more like roller coasters. They’re full of highs and lows with unexpected changes and moments where you question it all. So how do you find THE career that’ll fit into your life and make the roller coaster worth it?
Balancing both life and work priorities can seem like an impossible juggling act. And when you first start your career it can feel like no one taught you how to juggle. It can be all too easy for work to take over. But the thing is, establishing boundaries now early in your career is critical. A better work-life balance will keep you sane and make you more successful in work AND life. Here are some tips to master the juggle:
Questing for a perfect work-life balance can seem as elusive as the quest for the holy grail. It’s something companies love to talk about, but 66% of employees don’t think they have. Why is something as simple as having work-life balance so hard to achieve? A lot of it has to do with commonly held beliefs about work-life balance setting us up for failure. Here are four work-life balance myths busted:
Giulio Gilardi knew he wanted a career change. While working in marketing strategy in his home country of Peru, he set his sights on the financial industry. And he knew exactly what he needed to get there: his MBA. Now a soon-to-be MBA graduate, Giulio shares his path to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as an international student:
Let’s be honest, ringing in as big of a year as 2020 can be stressful. Closing out an entire decade is a lot to process. There’s pressure to make resolutions and reflect in a way that’s bigger than just any other new year. I’m sure you’ve seen the lengthy posts on social media with friends and family summarizing their epic 2010's. When looking back at your decade, it can be easy to feel that you didn’t do as much as you thought you did or that you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) when comparing yourself to others. Ask yourself these questions to make the start of 2020 a moment of reflection that celebrates you and all you’ve accomplished during this decade: