[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “the first wealth is health”. So if health is our greatest asset then surely our career is our second! Disagree? Make a list your most prized possessions or the things that you enjoy the most about your lifestyle; your home, car, a sports club membership, vacations etc. and then see how many of those things on your list were funded by your career!
While our career plays such an important part in our lives, it is something that we often ignore. Even the smallest investment can reap rich rewards, but where do we start? Zig Ziglar (@TheZigZiglar) shared an old saying when he said “People don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan”. It’s hard to know if your career is on track if you don’t have a chosen track!
To develop a career plan, think about your short-term and long-term goals as well as what you need to do to or obtain in order to achieve those goals – any additional experience, education or training. To keep track of progress towards these goals, update your resume and your online profiles (like LinkedIn) every quarter. If two or three quarters go by and you have no achievements to add, then you are not adding value to your current role or yourself “relevant” to the ever changing job market.
In the current job market, we need to be proactive and more flexible in our roles, constantly looking for ways to increase our contribution to the financial success of an organization. Therefore we should be willing to take on extra responsibility, juggle our work hours a bit, face new challenges and learn new skills. As businesses and organizations change, you need your skills to be constantly evolving and relevant and valued by employers. For if we don’t adapt and enhance our skills, then our skills become obsolete, and who wants that?
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