A successful career path must have a clear and defined direction, which requires inward analysis and an accurate and honest assessment of one’s skills. Self-analysis should be applied to skills, work values, and personal characteristics, such as communications, influencing, problem solving, creativity, and computer literacy. Work values include factors such as an individual’s drive to achieve, financial reward, job satisfaction, and doing something creative or socially worthwhile. It is also necessary to look at non-work-related personal matters that include family circumstances, living arrangements, time spent away from home, and other responsibilities or interests in order to understand how these matters will mesh with various career paths.
It is often worthwhile to get professional guidance from a career counselor, who can accurately assess a person’s skills. Individuals must take into consideration that a competence valued in one industry, such as creativity in the case of advertising, is not always welcome in other fields, such as accounting. It is important to remain realistic about which skills match appropriate fields in order to create the right personal profile for that field.
Having the right skills and attitude is not always sufficient, however, because other people have these traits as well. It is essential to adopt the right personal profile for the job and project individual strengths. One should make a career objectives that is SMART:
* Realistic in relation to self-analysis
* Timed with designated milestones, such as a first promotion.
With a specific type of career in mind, individuals must do the proper research to discover details such as prevailing salary levels, the numbers of companies that operate in the chosen field, and the qualifications considered necessary for employment.
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