If you are a career-oriented person, then career goals must be an integral part of your life. Working in a field for decades is not a matter of pride than making the best use of it. Here are 10 things you must do for your career before you turn 35 to come over as a credible performer and keep climbing the success ladder.
Gain Expertise In One Stream
When you count your strengths, it will be of better use if it is one large chunk than aggregate attributes. For instance, being strong in programming is better than just having working knowledge in different programs. With experience, you will be looked up to for your expert knowledge, so work on your strengths so you can accentuate them at the right time.
Do What Excites You
When you were a fresher, you might or might not have got into a profession of your desire. Even if you did join a job you loved, you still would have had some gaps to bridge between your expectations and reality. Do not live with disappointments. Take the efforts to achieve what you want your career to be.
Work on what you can contribute for the betterment of the company so that the employer could satisfy your goals. If it does not work either ways, shift to a place that excites you. It is increasingly important that by 35 you must be settled in a profession that you love and not detest.
Tick Off Old Goals And Create New Ones
When you were a new joinee, you would have easily phrased an answer to the question, "Where do you want to see yourself in the next five years?" In fact, where you are now could be exactly what you envisioned. Being satisfied could hamper your growth.
Tick off old goals and create new ones. If you plan to work until retirement, then create a goal and plan for where you want to be in the next five years and confidently march towards it, given that you have sufficient experience by now on how you must proceed.
Build A Good Work Network
Your years of toil will go waste if you did not create a work network that helps you in need. While being good at work is one aspect, having a place to fall back on is another aspect. Create a good work network so that you may get professional assistance of any kind, any time at any point of your life. This is the biggest asset you can earn after all your hard working years.
Know Your End Point
Have a clear idea of what you want to become when you retire and even after that. After your retirement age, there are companies that hire veterans only. Have alternative career ideas, such as pursuing entrepreneurship or management, because these are some of the viable options for your career at that stage.
Secure Sufficient Money
Investment and savings must be on the top of your list for a happy 35. Taking risks at 35 is usually not advised but still if you want to take a leap, you must have financial back up so that you do not suffer damages in terms of monetary value. As soon as you start your job, you must ideally start saving. If you have not, no time is too late to begin one. Start saving now.
Mark Your Name In Your Profession
Your reputation speaks for your success. Be it within the company or in the industry, your core ambition must be to carve a name for yourself. Even after you are gone, if people look up to you and speak of your achievements, then that is the biggest victory you earn for yourself in your career.
Get Comfortable With Getting Feedback
Even when you gain experience and expertise, nobody is perfect and acknowledging it is the key to success. Be not just comfortable but happy to receive feedback as it helps you grow. Also, getting feedback need not necessarily mean a disgrace. You could still gracefully nod and say that you will be the best the next time instead of shying off in embarrassment when someone points at you. As you grow in your career you will gain the maturity to differentiate between feedback and deliberate criticism. So take what is relevant and ignore the rest.
Experiment New Areas
Being an expert in one area is a mandate. On the other hand, having a knowledge in relevant areas is a mark of a career enthusiast. Knowing how your industry and its related fields work in a 360 degree angle is definitely an advantage to your work. So keep your mind open to learn new things and observe all work-related activities keenly on the go.
Get Used To Staying Upgraded About New Developments
Boasting of knowledge that you earlier acquired will only fetch you the tag of an old-school chap instead of actually rewarding you, for vanity leads to adversity. In order to stay in a field, it is very important for you to stay updated with the latest developments and how they work instead of nostalgically being oriented with an outdated technology or specialisation.