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Cosmic Coaching Centre is made up of a group of professionals dedicated to successful career planning both corporately and individually.

Our network of professionals have over 30 years of experience in providing career coaching, leadership, career planning, business mentoring and writing effective resumes that gets results. We also provide life coaching and life management services. Our services are provided across Canada, the United States and in Europe.

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Taking control of your career

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com 1-866-486-4112 781 Spadina Road, Suite B Toronto, Ontario M5P 2X5 Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com Page 1
  2. 2. PLANNING YOUR CAREER IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS Stuck in a job that doesn’t challenge you anymore? Looking for a new adventure? If you are confident that you are ready for a new career, with enough savings in the bank, and tons of skills and sponsors to back you up, then perhaps, you are ready for a new career opportunity. Sometimes it takes years before you arrive to the conclusion that it is time to pursue your other interests; such as things that can make you really happy. However it could feel like graduating from college again wherein you are confronted with the problem of choosing the most appropriate career for yourself. Your decision has the capacity to change the course of your future so careful planning and strategic thinking need to be practiced this time. Here are the 5 steps on how to effectively plan your career: 1. Know yourself – take time to know yourself and to gain a better understanding of your skills and capabilities, your interests and your expertise as well as your work preferences. Your values and principles need to be considered too because these factors will determine whether you’d last in your chosen career or not. 2. Research -based on all the information you gathered about yourself, write down your top 3 career choices. Write down all the positive and negative factors of all 3, narrow your choices down Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com until you make the final decision on the best career for you. 3. Make a decision – it is also vital that you consult a career coach about your decision to help you understand your decision and give you some feedbacks about your career of choice. These people are professionals who have experienced being in the same situation and have successfully handled difficult choices. They can give you an honest opinion and can make you see the full picture. 4. Prepare - carry out your career plan by undergoing the necessary training and enrolling in courses related to your career choice. This will prepare you to become a professional and an expert in the field to help make things easier for you when you start working on your new career. Recruiters won’t hire you if you don’t have the basic information and skills about the career you are applying for. In conclusion career planning needs a considerable amount of time before the transition itself because you still need to analyze yourself during the whole process. These steps will guide you all throughout and will take you back to the basics if you think you have made a mistake. By following these simple steps, you are on the way to achieving the career of your dreams. TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER Have you ever thought of what to do next after working in the same company for more than ten years without getting promoted? Perhaps it is time to look for other options that requires you to better use your expertise and skills in order to advance in Page 2
  3. 3. your career. Your career might not be going nowhere as of the moment but it doesn't have to stay that way forever because you have every right to improve yourself and exhaust your capabilities in order to be successful and live a meaningful life. You usually spend endless sleepless nights just thinking why your career has not progressed since you started it; or perhaps you understand the reasons why but you are just too scared to admit that you only have yourself to blame. Yes, you probably haven't given your all yet or someone in your office preforms better than you do or you just didn't want career advancement enough to land you a promotion. Since you know these important facts, it is time to do something about it and take charge of the situation; to a better performance, a salary increase, a promotion, and to be able to live the life you have always dreamed of. Here are some simple yet very important tips in order to take control of your career: 1. Reflect - take time to sit down and perform an honest self-assessment; know your strengths and what you are good at, then know your weaknesses; understand them and then plan a strategy to overcome them or find ways to improve yourself little by little. 2. Write down your goals - make a list of your short and long term goals and write down different strategies in order to achieve them one step at a time. Remember to be realistic about your goals and consider the amount of energy and time you need before you achieve them. 3. Improve your time management skill- if you think you are good in managing your time, think again. Learn to prioritize the important things first and produce excellent results by the end of the day whether in the office or at home. 4. Work hard and impress - work hard and exceed expectations to show your boss that you are really serious about your job and ready to take on a higher responsibility. Show him that you deserve to be on Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com top where you can perform better and do more for the company. These are the ways on how you could perform better in the office to take you a few steps closer to career advancement. Your career can take you to places you have never been and can make you reach different heights as a result of being a valuable asset in the company. Do not limit yourself to meeting expectations, exceed them; that is what successful people do. STEPS TO A FULFILLING CAREER We were born to chase our dreams and goals in life and we end up spending our days figuring out what we want to do, what will make us happy. But have we given enough thought on how we could contribute to the world? What if we change the way we think, and start thinking about how we can help others and then chase our dreams at the same time? The key here is to find out how you would like to give and eventually you will realize that doors will open and will provide you the necessary skills and contacts you need in order to succeed in your career. There are several steps on how to expand the scope of your search and will land you the career that could provide for your needs and help you achieve your goals at the same time: 1. Reflect – take time to reflect on your life and determine your purpose in this world. Ask yourself who and what you want to be 10 to 15 years from now or if what you will be doing is not just for yourself but for the common good of others as well. Page 3
  4. 4. Helping others feel good and it does wonders to the heart and soul. 2. Make a list of the things that prevent you from doing what you love – there will always be stops on the way to your destination, don’t let it be a barrier to where you are supposed to go. Write down a strategic action plan on how to overcome those barriers. 3. Research - if you know someone that has the same career that you want, it is best to ask them questions about the things that they did in order to become successful in that field so that you can compare it to your plan of action and gauge whether they are achievable or not. 4. Know your skills – with your interview, you can identify your skills and work more on them to make it easier for you to achieve your mission. 5. Build your network – spend some time with the people who are already successful in the career you have chosen to land. Their feedbacks and tips will help you become prepared and manage expectations. Be generous and show kindness to everyone because the people in your network can help you and back you up in case you’ll be needing credentials in the future. These 5 steps will help you find your mission in life as part of your career moves to be able to do what you love to do. By taking these steps, you will find self-fulfillment in your career knowing that you are contributing to the world and you are helping people as well. Start from the very basic and think about what you can do rather than what your career can do for you, because in the long run, the perks will just flow. Just do what you love to do. Cosmic Coaching Centre http://cosmiccoachingcentre.com Page 4

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