Career Success Only Happens When You Keep Going - Abby Locke

Career Success Only Happens When You Keep Going

What words would you use to describe your professional journey and career path?

  • Outstanding
  • Unfulfilled
  • Upward
  • Change
  • Turmoil
  • Unpredictable
  • Winning
  • Achievement

Just because your career goals don’t see to falling into place as planned, don’t lose hope.

Let’s face it. It’s easy to get side-tracked and even discouraged when it seems like your professional efforts are in vain.

However, when I reflect on life, nothing that was worthwhile ever came easy. Won’t you agree?

If you want change, accept that the timing is not always right, but there are things you can do to improve your prospects during the “waiting” season.

Remember that every career decision impacts your personal growth and development, so make the best decisions for your situation.

Stay connected to top contacts, mentors and advocates…

There is nothing like getting the inside knowledge from people working in the role you want to be in.

Schedule informational interviews, get real facts, learn what it takes to advance, ask if any special education, training or certifications will give you an edge.

Start positioning yourself for easy career transition…

If you are looking to change careers completely, know you will need to “walk” and “talk” differently and present your skills and capabilities in a whole new light.

  • Learn new jargon, keywords and terminology
  • Evaluate your current and past experience to see if you may have ANY experience that is related or relevant to your new field
  • Start where you are and explore lateral assignments or internal company projects that can help you with your career change
  • Don’t overlook volunteering – I had a client who transitioned successfully from finance to marketing after volunteering for 5 years.

Preparing for the right opportunity before it shows up is JUST as important as taking advantage of real opportunities.

What untapped opportunities are laying in wait for you? Start preparing now.