The world is constantly changing with people looking for new ways to get ahead. If you are not developing your skill set, you will not develop better job opportunities. Having a long term vision involves regularly updating your skills and knowledge base accordingly.
Cultivate the habit of asking, listening and learning. There is a wealth of experience to be learned from your co-workers, your boss & colleagues. Most people would be glad to explain their perspective and share their feedback.
It is very important that you meet and fulfill the requirements of your current job. It doesn’t take much to go from average performance to excellent performance. Do your current job to the best of your ability, discuss with your supervisor the things you can improve upon, come up with suggestions to accelerate progress. Also, feel free to ask for help in building your career. Many times your current company offers more challenging roles to high performing employees.
A good network is a great place to discover exciting careers, to explore new trends and of course learn about new job opportunities. Don’t wait to build and cultivate your network until you actually need it. Regularly engage with your contacts by staying in touch and keeping up-to-date with their personal & professional lives. This way you can stay informed on a regular basis.
Your dream job is a place where you would be occupied doing the things you love and not bothered by things you hate. Find out your preference of working alone or with a team. Do you prefer technology over people? Is taking responsibility of others what you prefer? Do you want to run your own business? Clearly identify your needs before making the next career move.
Any day can be the turning point of your career so be prepared. The best way to progress is to keep updating your resume on job search websites, knowledge and skills. Above all be prepared with a professional resume to share with recruiters or hiring managers.
Never let a job kill your dreams. If you aim for higher and higher goals the time will become right to put your dreams into action. Go ahead, take that course you’ve been meaning to start, apply for a better job, or get busy starting your own business. Your day job is going to get busy, don’t use it as a "waiting zone" instead use your time and energy – now, to realize your dreams.
There are many tools available for building your future career; some simple and some complicated. Make use of books, tutorials, video lectures, podcasts, and audio books. Even shorter term degrees and certifications add weight to your resume.