Picking a career and finding meaningful work are two of the most difficult things any twenty-something must do! Continue reading to learn how you can get ahead in your career.
Let’s admit it: trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life is one of the most stressful things you can do when you’re in your early to mid-twenties. For many, finding work that’s both interesting and meaningful is difficult, even beyond the age of 30.
How are you supposed to know whether you’re on the right career track? Here are six ways to know if you’re on the right track and a few steps ahead of your peers.
1). YOU’VE SET CAREER GOALS.
You have one, three, five, and ten-year career goals. You’re no longer questioning yourself and you’ve learned to listen and trust your instincts. You’re confident in your choices and you feel aligned with the work you’re doing.
2). YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK.
You’re excited to go to work when you wake up in the morning. You’re doing what you’re passionate about and you know you’re making a difference in your community. You’re simply doing what you love. Even if you didn’t receive a paycheck, you’d still want to do it because you’re passionate about it.
3). YOU DON’T MULTITASK WHILE YOU’RE AT WORK.
You focus on one task a time and you only want to produce your best work. When you’re given a project, you complete it well and in a timely manner. You only want to complete a task knowing that you’ve given it one hundred percent of your effort and energy, not something that is mediocre.
4). YOU CONSISTENTLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO DO MORE.
You’re constantly pushing your boundaries by challenging yourself. You seek challenges beyond your comfort zone so you’re engaged and don’t get bored.
5). YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SOCIAL CIRCLE AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORK.
You surround yourself with the right people, those who are smarter, more experienced, and knowledgeable than you are so you’re constantly learning and seeing the world from different views.
6). YOU VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
You’re involved in your community and passionate about serving others. When you’re happy with your career choice and your work is meaningful, then you’ll want to help others in your community. Plus, you’ll gain invaluable leadership and team-building skills that will serve you well for years to come.
How did you know whether you’re ahead in your career? Leave a comment in the section below.
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