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10 Tips to Managing a Successful Career Erin Kemp, Resource & Information Specialist, Job Skills

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Erin Kemp is a Resource & Information Specialist with Job Skills - Employment and Business Services. Erin has an extensive background working in the social science field and most recently completed her Masters in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. Working with people in the community is something Erin strives for and aided in her decision to change career paths to employment services. Erin assists clients by providing them the necessary resources and information they need to progress in their job search.

Have it ever wondered why some people have a successful career and others don't? Current research has shown that socio-economic backgrounds play a significant part of a successful career. Contrary to popular belief, workaholics striving to overachieve are not necessarily most successful.

Here are some tips to aid in a successful career:

  1. Make it a priority and responsibility to manage your career.
    Identify your strengths and how you are a value to your employer. Take responsibility for what happens in your life and know that tomorrow is a new day.
  2. Understand your personal work style.
    Understanding your personality and how you interact with others will impact you in your workplace. Knowing your personality and style will help you determine which career is best suited for you and which environments you work best in. Sometimes it is hard to tell what our work- style is. Ask for feedback from others where possible, to help determine your style.
  3. Define what do you want in a career?
    Creating lists can help you determine what you like or don't like to help you manage a career. Sometimes small elements of change can make a world of difference. Prioritizing things you can change can have a positive effect leading to a successful career.
  4. Focus on your strengths.
    Find out what you're best at and what area you're truly passionate about. Try not to spend a lot of time dwelling on your weaknesses and things you simply cannot change.
  5. Don't become a workaholic.
    Typically individuals that are workaholics are more likely to burn out. It is important to have a balanced life of work and rest to improve work productivity.
  6. Focus on self-awareness and self-management practices.
    Understand your values and have awareness on how you impact others. Learning to manage your thoughts and emotions can lead to success and happiness in the workplace.
  7. Keep your mind active, even when not working.
    If you find yourself unemployed, get involved with volunteer activities. Keeping your mind active will keep your skills current, and keep your mind engaged. Not keeping your mind active can lead to lower confidence levels and draining of energy when trying to get back into the workforce.
  8. Develop active listening.
    Try and listen to others more than you talk. Be cautious how often you use the ''I'' word.
  9. Never sell yourself short and don't deliver more than you promised.
    Try and increase humility, kindness and compassion in your daily life and don't get caught up on overachieving.
  10. Find mentors.
    Try and incorporate someone in your life to provide you counsel and preferably someone outside of your organization. By finding someone to express your hopes, fears and dreams to can help provide you guidance in your everyday life.

Employment Services in your area may be able to further assist you on this topic.

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