We are human and mistakes are no doubt inevitable on this life journey. However, we can all agree that some mistakes have more devastating effects than others. This is why we have written this for you.
Building a career is a delicate art and requires a lot of time. We would hate to see it all go to waste. So, here are five career mistakes you must avoid:
- Going out of style:
With the influence of technology, the world is moving rapidly. Thus, you must make sure you are not left behind. As much as possible, be aware of new trends within and outside your career niche. You must also make sure your skills do NOT become outdated. Hence, as you grow older, register for classes, learn new skills, read and keep your professional network strong with people above and below your age. This would not only ensure you have a sound mind but it helps you stay in tune with the times.
- Fear of failure:
To ensure your career reaches unprecedented heights, you must do away with the fear of failure. If you are scared of failing, you would be afraid to take risks that your career growth would definitely demand at some point. Hence, you would be won’t be exposed to unfamiliar territory and subsequently learn new things. Do away with the fear of failure and dive into new challenges. When mistakes happen, let it be an opportunity to learn and challenge yourself for future endeavours.
- Extreme selfishness:
Being self-absorbed can cost you your career as you would be too stuck on yourself to properly connect with people who would play significant roles in your career growth. You miss out on a great opportunity to build a strong career-based network. You never really know where your next big break could come from and if you decide to make yourself an island, you would definitely regret it at some point. When you help others, you build a loyal support system that will pay well in due time. Don’t be selfish, help others and build a strong network.
- Focusing only on the money:
In as much as the financial benefits of a job plays a significant role, it should not be at the top of your list when searching for a new job. Instead, focus on what you stand to learn/gain and the work environment. In the long term, these would play important roles as regards what path your career would take. Focus on roles that challenge you by improving your skills set and broaden your mind. Always think of the job satisfaction that it will give you and also how impressive it will be on your resume. With the right experience and skills, you would get to a point where financial benefits would be chasing you.
- No regard for your health:
This is a mistake a lot of people make. In as much as your career is important, your health should ALWAYS come first. Try to eat healthily and take as many breaks as you can. We often get carried away and forget to take care of our bodies. Well, #TweakNation, do not make that mistake. There is no career without you, so, relax and take care of yourself. You come first.