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Let’s face it, too much planning is often seen as a waste of time. However, it is an essential stepping stone for career development. Here are five top tips for a successful career.

Stage One: Reflect on personal attributes

Reflection is always a tough process, when undertaking a self-appraisal it is often difficult to not lie in the extremes of being very modest or too boastful. A great and easy way to combat this problem is to carry out a peer reviewed appraisal as well from a colleague or a friend. It is also important to identify areas of work that you enjoy and you feel passionate about, remember work isn’t just about money!

Stage Two: Create career goals  

Focus on your weakness and then consider ways of improving these. For example, if you find communication difficult during meetings set yourself a target of how much input you’re going to give. Make sure these goals are realistic and specifically focus on your future development. Some key areas are skill development, attitude, knowledge and promotions.

Stage Three: Find an advisor

If you’re looking for your first job and coming out of university, then you have 2 easily accessible potential advisors – your personal tutor and the careers centre at your University. In a workplace, managers should be more than willing to take time to discuss personal development.

Stage Four: Make yourself known   

Whether you’re looking for a job or trying to pursue that next promotion, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If you’re looking for a promotion you should always be speaking about your company in a good tone as the world can be very small at times. Employers will recognise individuals who take the extra step to do something outstanding.

Stage Five: Have confidence in your own abilities   

Not believing in yourself is the first step to losing out on a job or promotion. You need to go into an interview believing that you have something that can help you stand out from the rest. For interviews, confidence comes from planning – if you do not plan you are preparing to fail.


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