Career Selfie – Is yours worth sharing?


Have you given it a thought lately that where will you be in the next 5 years? When I ask this question from people or often very skilled professionals, the answer I generally get is: “promoted!” or, “making more money”. But these are not life goals, these are the byproducts of advancement or success in career. Professionals who think like this are unsure where they are standing or headed. They are waiting on the right tide to give enough push to go in some favorable direction. Unfortunately, that’s not how the real world works. In the real world, passion, skills, and right decisions together take a person forward. It’s all about taking control.

So how can one make it all right? Whether you are just starting or stuck in the middle of your career staircase, I reckon the practical application of answers to these 5 simple questions can ameliorate your career and make your career selfie worth sharing.

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Is my Job THE job for me?

Is there anything you regret in your current job? The salary package, the designation, the exposure, your colleagues, maybe your boss, and most importantly, your job description; are you happy with all of them?
Make a list of issues that bother you at your current job. Talk about them with your management to get them resolved so your stress levels reduce and you can work dedicatedly. If that’s not an option, develop a coping strategy to face these issues so they don’t come in the way of your growth and development. Remember, switching a job is always an option, but make sure that what you’re replacing your job with, is well worth the wait and effort.


What makes you stand out in the crowd?

As kids, we were asked to write essays about our dream job. But when one grows up, meets people from different walks of life and is exposed to the world surrounding his childhood ideas, he realizes that a dream job is something more than a learning a skill set and working nine to five with it, it’s what makes him happy and contented. It’s something that’s easier for him to proceed with.

Remember, your skills are your magic wand that you can swing to create your worth and make you stand out. Keep your skills polished and updated. Stay in touch with people from your field so you know what’s hot and what’s not. It’s not hard these days with social media and gadgets at hand to know what’s happening in your domain of expertise. You’re never too old to learn, so enhance your skill set and learn the tools that make you a valuable asset.

Are you getting enough projection?

Is your skill set being put to right and enough use? It is very important to get the right kind of projection at the workplace so you know if you are headed in the right direction. If your work involves frequent domain changes, you are not given enough time or you are faced with issues that do not utilize the best of your abilities, you are basically wasting your time. This can blur your career path and career selfie. Stand up for yourself and get your track straight.

What is your priority?

Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, one of the fortune 500 companies says:

Balance suggests a perfect equilibrium. There is no such thing. That is a false expectation…. There are going to be priorities and dimensions of your life, how you integrate them is how you find true happiness.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a family guy or a workaholic. Being a professional is all about how well you can manage your time and make the most of it.

What is success to you?

Success is an immeasurable yet unambiguous target which always has the potential to grow. If you want to do something, do he necessary homework and then take a leap of faith because there is no such thing as “the right time”. Do not settle for small and timely goals. Aim big, shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars. And that selfie would be worth sharing.

Mariam is a Business Analyst by profession and believes in expression through words. She is a writer by passion and loves to learn about almost everything. You can contact her on Twitter @ria__16.


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