Your path to career fulfillment


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When it comes to your career, one thing that you cannot control is the passing of time. What you have control over is the way in which you make use of your time. If you want to have an assurance that your career pathway is going to be productive and successful, you have to start setting your long term goals for your career as early as possible.

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Your path to career fulfillment

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  2. 2. When it comes to your career, one thing that you cannot control is the passing of time. What you have control over is the way in which you make use of your time. If you want to have an assurance that your career pathway is going to be productive and successful, you have to start setting your long term goals for your career as early as possible. Doing this will help you identify what it is exactly that you wish to achieve, when you can achieve them, and how you are going to implement your plans. Here’s what to do to set your career plans: Step 1 Think hard and write down all the things you would like to achieve in your career. If, for instance, you are a sales rep at the moment, perhaps you are hoping to be one of the best sales agents out there. Ask yourself if you want to become a manger someday as well. There are certainly many options you may consider, and you just have to write them all down. Step 2 Among all the goals you have written, there will surely be something that you think is the most interesting and realistic for you. As we all know, it is very easy to dream, but the question is always whether the dream we set for ourselves is achievable or realistic or not. Step 3 Use the SMART formula. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding, and trackable. In case your decision is to become a sales manager and you think you can achieve this goal eventually, set a particular time frame for it. Make it your goal statement so you could have something that will motivate you. Step 4 Identify the smaller steps that will lead to your long term goals. These steps are what you should take in order to attain your long term goals. Again, you must base your plan on the SMART formula. In determining the action steps you need to take, you may have to do some intensive research. You can also seek advice from your manager or supervisor, or you may even work with a career coach if you want a more concrete plan to reach your goals. Step 5 Once you have figured out what small steps you should take to get to your ultimate goal, your focus should be on how to accomplish them. Think of it as a ladder. You need effort to reach every step going up. Of course, the higher you go, the harder the climb will be. But if you just hold on to your career goals and you stick to your career pathways, it will not be long before you see yourself in the pinnacle of career success. In the past, it was very easy to get a promotion. Employees were able to have longevity in their chosen fields. However, this is no longer the case in the 21st century. Everything happens so fast these days. In addition to that, things are ready for us immediately. We are so used to a fast pace that when we are not able to obtain the job position that we want, we become impatient
  3. 3. and find a different profession. When this is your view on things, you won't be able to stay in any job for a long time. How are you able to attain success if you are impatient? Keep in mind that climbing the corporate ladder takes some time, skill, and patience. If you want to reach your goals, you need to have those qualities. Sometimes, taking a step back as opposed to hopping from one job to the next is more advisable. It does not necessarily mean that you are lazy. It could mean that you are taking your time and examining your different options. When you find yourself in a career that seems to have stopped moving forward, you should take it as a sign to resign from that job. There's no point in staying in an office that cannot provide you with opportunities for professional growth. However, before you send in your resignation form, you should at least try to talk to your boss and ask for a promotion. If they still refuse you, it's time to turn your back. As human beings, it is only normal for us to want to have better opportunities, which is why you can’t be blamed if you resign from a job that can’t supply you with different prospects. We are all used to moving forward that we don't realize that it is sometimes better to stop for a moment. Doing so will allow us to relax and take a breather. This is when we are more able to assess our situation, and determine the next course of action to take. Aside from the fact that you are looking for better opportunities with regard to compensation and salaries, you need to see to it that you find a career that can help you learn new skills that will be useful in life. There is nothing wrong with opting for a job that pays lower than your previous work. What’s important is that you will be able to gain new experiences and learn different skills. These are things that money cannot buy, which is why you need to see to it that you find a profession that can provide you with these. Remember, taking a step back can’t always be harmful to your career pathways because these can be a good thing. Your college graduation marks the end of your life as a student and the beginning of your life in the world of employment. The transition can get challenging, which is why you have to be prepared. One important thing that you need to prepare is a good resume. I. Fonts Choose fonts that are easy to read. As much as possible, only use one font for the entire document. The font sizes should be uniform, except for a few changes in size in the heading. II. Formatting Experts suggest the use of bullets since these are easier to read. Long paragraphs can drown important qualifications and work experiences. Proper margins are also required. III. Length As much as possible, keep resumes one page long. Most employers have busy schedules and they do not have time to over lengthy application forms. What matters is that you catch their attention by making your application substantial. IV. Headings The items that you need to include in the heading are your name, contact details, address, and email. Start by typing your name in larger fonts, followed by your address and contact numbers in smaller fonts. This is the part the employers check whenever they need to contact you.
  4. 4. V. Education Since you are a fresh college graduate, you may add the institution where you have graduated high school as well. You do not need to include the schools that you have entered before graduation. These are irrelevant and they take up a lot of space. If you have any graduation honors, also include these alongside the school. Indicate your date of entry the institution and the date when you have graduated. V. Experience Traditionally, this has to include all jobs that you have entered – the ones that might be relevant to your desired position. However, since you are a fresh graduate, you can use your past organizations, organizational tasks, and volunteer projects as substitute. VI. Skills and Talents Make a list of the skills that you have. See to it that you only include those that are relevant. Telling future employers that you are good in playing the guitar would not matter if you are applying for a website designer position. VII. Interests This part is not that important. However, if you feel that your interests would be useful for the job, then you may add them. For example, if you want to apply as a videographer, you can add that you have always been interested in photography and videography. If you find it difficult despite the tips listed above, you can always seek the aid of career coaches in completing your resumes. They can also provide you with professional guidance when it comes to choosing from a variety of career pathways.