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How to Take Control of Your Career

November 30, 2015 Jonny Lilley
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When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? The idea of a ‘dream’ job is one that many of us still aspire to in adulthood. But what would that dream job be? It might interest you to know that according the the UK public, our four most dreamed of roles are author, librarian, academic and lawyer.

Whatever you want from your career, you’ll need to take control of it in order to get there. This is true whether you’re a new graduate, whether you’re returning to work after a career break, or whether you’re seeking a change mid-career. The only way to really get ahead is to grab the proverbial bull by it’s horns and get on with it!

Are you feeling overwhelmed and out of control with your career? Try following our quick tips to get back at the wheel and redefine your direction:

1. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today

The perfect time to work on your career is now! This is true even if you are still in higher education or are committed to staying in your current role for the time being. You could use this time to gain additional experience, pick up extra training or even start your own business on the side.

2. Remember that it’s not what you know, but who you know

There’s a lot of truth to this old saying. Networking can be an incredibly valuable skill when it comes to developing your career. Keep this in mind at training events, conferences, industry social events and even in your current workplace.

3. Make your actions speak louder than words

If you want to get ahead with your career it pays to put in that little bit extra whenever the chance arises. Stay on the look out for opportunities to show off your creativity and additional skills. This might involve putting forward ideas and suggestions at your existing workplace or even investing extra time in relevant volunteering or freelance work.

4. Think outside the box

The world is changing and the job market is not immune! You may find that the career path you imagined you’d have as a child, or even when you started your first job, looks very different now. Don’t let this put you off: think creatively about how you can get the career you want.

5. Look for the silver lining

Most of us come across a fair number of dark clouds during the course of our career! This may be receiving negative feedback, it may be not getting a job we thought we were perfect for, or it may be being passed over for a big project or promotion. Whatever your particular dark cloud, try and find the silver lining. Why? Because positive thinking has been shown to make you happier, broaden your possibilities and even build your skill set!

6. Have your cake and eat it too

It’s easy to assume that your perfect career is unattainable… but this isn’t true. Your ‘perfect’ career may not look the same way it did when you were a child, but it is out there and you can find it. Give yourself time to consider what you love to do, how you work best, what kind of environment you want to spend time in, and how your career needs to fit around your life.

The sooner you take control of your career, the better. Want to get started now? We’ve shared loads of advice here on our blog. Why not start by finding out more about portfolio careers or what it’s really like to work from home?

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