By Laura Stevens
Map out a plan, determine the best approach, and stay on track to the finish.
“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter. You just need a framework and a dream.”
Michael Dell, Founder of Dell Inc.
It starts with inspiration. The desire to make a career change, or just improve our current professional standing, is something we have all felt at one time or another. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or just have a vague idea, it’s never too early to start building a framework for success. These three key tools will help you get started:
1. Know yourself. What makes you tick, fuels your ambition, or leaves you feeling great about yourself? The answers to those questions could translate into a meaningful career. Try these helpful online quizzes to find which roles are best suited for your personality and work style
2. Be open to learning. Getting “from here to there” typically comes with a learning curve. Maybe you need to upskill, or familiarize yourself with a particular industry. With so many options for learning, and so many ways to fit professional education into your lifestyle, you’re bound to find a program that works for you. Take advantage of any learning opportunities provided by your employer, or do a little research and find something on your own.
3. Stay committed. It’s that simple. Really. Our free Career Planning Workbook will help you determine your goals and map out a career strategy, but it’s up to you to make the long-term investment in yourself.
Laura Stevens is a marketing communications writer and content strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.
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