Masterclass: tips to excel in your career from Appco Australia’s expert
Updated: Dec 11, 2018
This blog was written by Greig Ward, Appco Australia’s Learning and Development Manager.
If you’re climbing the ladder in your profession and looking to take the next big step in your career, you’re going to need to make a plan. For over 15 years, I’ve been assisting business professionals to develop and progress in their work life and have identified key components that can give that career boost they’re seeking. Here are six tips I’d like to share with you, to help you reach your career goals.
How will you ever develop if you don’t know where you need to improve? Self-awareness and self-management are essential to career development – they help you understand your talents which set you apart from the rest. Both self-awareness and self-management are also key elements to developing high emotional intelligence which has been shown to contribute to success. Think about the things you’re good at and recognise the areas that may need improvement and you’re on your way to career progression.
2. Learning never stops
No matter what stage you’re at in your career, further development of your competencies is a must and a reminder that ‘learning doesn’t stop at the answer’. By cultivating an attitude towards innovation and self-improvement you will be laying the foundations to a successful career.
3. What’s your passion?
We spend a lot of our lives at work, so choosing a career that suits your personality and passions just makes sense – if you don’t love what you do, it’s hard to excel in your work. These wise words from the late Steve Jobs about finding the right career really sums things up: “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
So how do you find that passion? I believe this naturally occurs when you have what I call ‘work-life integration’. That is, when you value your work and personal life equally, you perform better and find enjoyment and fulfilment from your work.
4. Positivity pays off
Maintain a positive attitude towards your work and goals – it’s not only great for yourself but for the people around you. It’s much better than the alternative.
5. Gain trust
Show the people you work with that you’re reliable, trustworthy and committed. When these attributes become your trademark you really are endorsing your own brand.
6. Lock in your goals and go, go, go
It’s a good idea to set goals across all areas of your life, including: career, travel, lifestyle, family, health, education, finances. No matter what your ambitions are, when you write down your objectives you’re creating a picture of where you want to be and a plan on how you’re going to get there.
So, if you’re aiming to take control of your career, consider each of these elements as you plan your next step.