Your Voice: Three centuries of proven career wisdom in one brief summary
What should young people do to achieve success in their career? Here’s some of the answers I’ve found.
I have talked to many people who I believe are heroes who have served this country generously; people from different disciplines holding various positions who fought life until they reached the peak. Some of them have recently retired and some have completed more than three decades of service.
In an appropriate way that embraces the age we live in, they briefly answered my question, “As a young person seeking his or her own career or who has just started out, what should they do or avoid doing to achieve a career full of success?” Here is the wisdom of a collective 300 years of experience. I list the recommendations as follows:
• Take the big tasks that are known to be difficult. If you are offered such a task, accept it. If not, step in and get it. The experience will help you develop your skills and push you forward.
• Focus on qualitative rather than quantitative achievement.
• It is said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.” Take the initiative, draw your career line, and define your goals.
• As a start, you should have an expert model to consult and take his or her advice.
• Don’t get bored of work, especially if you are working for years; let your inner drive be your morning alarm.
• To gain the trust of those around you, acquire the habit of attending early.
• Do not stop learning and try to learn everything new related to your business to develop it.
• Faraway workplaces are an opportunity to preserve years of effort to gain experiences and move forward in your career.
• The skills related to work culture help you to share your ideas and visions simply and effectively, and make you more convincing. Specialized skills add to your professional career based on science and professionalism. Try to balance these skills.
• Work is not your life. Make it the means by which you achieve your life’s ambitions.
• “Knowledge is power.” Be aware of the culture of your organization and the governing structures of its different operations to make you a reference point.
• Take advantage of every meeting, especially external specialized meetings with experts.
• Discuss politely and accept others’ opinions if you want to be treated the same.
• A last beautiful recommendation, “Smile before greeting.”
Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to my colleagues for their time and their eagerness to transfer their professional knowledge to our promising young people.
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