Creating A Support System For Your Career

Creating A Support System For Your Career

You are at work to become a change agent, to positively impact the success of your company by setting goals which are aligned with your business’s mission.Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Analyze your company carefully, and try to understand what you can do which will make a significant difference. Break down big projects into small, realistic and manageable daily goals and do the same with your career.

Many elements go into making your career success: planning, preparation, education, strategy and hard work. Some of these items you have a degree of control over, but others, such as timing and sheer luck, often are not under your control. But regardless of which elements you have worked to build into your career………those extra night classes or seminars in out of the way places…..or others which have come to you by chance, there are still elements you can add to create more support and serve as an infrastructure for your career success:

Create a Plan and Lay Out Milestones

There are some reasons why it is important, particularly for women, to set their own goals and not only react to the demands or expectations of others. Every day, hard-working women in organizations are “disappeared” partly because they fail to set their own goals.

It is essential for women to realize, they are not at work to be handmaidens or helpers who are quickly “disappeared” by devaluing their activities. You are at work to become a change agent, to positively impact the success of your company by setting goals which are aligned with your business’s mission.

Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do. Analyze your company carefully, and try to understand what you can do which will make a significant difference. Get a handle on the problem, develop a solution, and a consensus around it, lobby for approval, then execute better and faster than anyone else.

This is accomplished most efficiently by breaking down big projects into small, realistic and manageable daily goals. When you focus on your career, think in terms of concrete, practical steps: gaining experience in a different area by taking on a new assignment; taking short courses or attending seminars in cutting edge topics; improving your performance by 20%; decreasing by 20% the time it takes you to accomplish a task.

From those incremental improvements, you can begin to lay out significant milestones, such as moving from middle to upper management.

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