Your present career and the present job are but a part of your life. Before dealing with this subject extensively, let me enumerate three golden resolutions that will hold good for all occasions to come, and will be of immense help in every turn of life and will enable you to excel. They are:
- It is better to deserve without receiving, than to receive without deserving.
- Temper is very valuable; do not lose it.
- Have a will to grow and grow you will.
2010 is drawing to a close and this is the appropriate time to think and plan the career resolutions. Recollection of the past, whether sweet or sour, is fine, when the present states of affairs are sound. Human beings have the never-ending craving to prosper in life. To seek improvement in career prospectus is the constant desire of the combustible modern younger generation. Not trusting the present fully and the willingness to look forward towards the future, is the beginning of progress. Stagnant water stinks. Running water, like that of the river, has the destination and it will ultimately reach the ocean to seek fulfillment of its journey.
You need to find time to examine and review your present job. Assuming that you have spent this whole year in your current employment, you are richer by 12 months in your experience. Give the review aspect a serious consideration and set improved goals. Evaluate whether you are marching ahead in your career path for professional growth or whether you have reached the dead end.
Some of the noteworthy career resolutions can be based on the following:
- Internet revolution and the concept of global family have left profound effect on the life of an individual. New products are arriving in the market avalanche and many once-popular products have become outdated. Are you employed in a segment of the industry which has future? Whether the company is struggling to survive, unable to withstand the competition? Are your present job skills likely to command demand in future? If not, has your company provided you with in-service training facilities in its own interest or does the management think of hiring new personnel? Resolve to remain competitive and ensure your place in the first line.
- Judge your company objectively, sans emotional attachment. The bread and butter that you buy in the malls are for payment, and not given out of attachment. At the end of the month, you get the detailed bill unfailingly. Is the company’s future is stable? Have some new competitors descended in the market? What are the demand trends—is it on the increase or decrease? Are your company products known by their brand names? Resolve to evaluate the position of the company with an analytical mind.
- Right individual at the wrong place: Are you in such a situation? Do you get opportunities to add additional skills? Have the problem-solving procedures changed and you lag behind due to lack of technical expertise? Is your boss responsive and consults you often? Are you expecting a promotion? When was your last promotion? Have you been superseded? Resolve to study your career graph in the company objectively.
- Do you have job-satisfaction or are you working just for the sake of pay slip and you are unable to find an alternative employment? Does the work-profile inspires you and gives happiness? Is the work-load too much and you are unable to spare time for interacting with your spouse and children? Is your self-worth protected in the office? Resolve to strike a good balance between office and family life.
- Employed happiness is a precious asset of life. Have second look at your experience, qualifications and skills. Are you worth more than what you get at present? Don’t overestimate or underestimate. Judge the employment opportunities carefully knowing well that the shadows of recessions are still looming around there. When you are confident about your credentials negotiate tactfully with your boss, by seeking a prior appointment to discuss the issue. Be flexible and also let the boss know that you have a firm inclination to put papers, rather than swim in the stagnant water. Resolve, you must get what you deserve.
- To excel in the job also means you have good relations with your co-workers. Communicate with all but always maintain the essential dignity of the post that you are holding. Mix with everyone but remain aloof. Never be eager to share your secrets or confidential issues related to the company, unless you are duty-bound to do so. Compliment in a restrained manner, and if possible never complain. Resolve to be pleasantly neutral in human relationships.
- Be time-sensitive. Office-time is meant for office work. You need to know how to put a quick stop to unproductive conversations. Resolve to be brief.
- A good boss understands a good official. Do not be a sycophant; the managers trained in human psychology understand this aspect well. Never reveal your guarded secrets or personal information to the boss. He knows about your abilities and let him know about your career ambitions. Do not compromise your integrity, even if the boss wants it that way. Resolve to function with a long-term perspective, not for immediate gains.
Finally, stand by truth in business as well as personal dealings at all times and at all costs. Everything else and everyone else may forsake you but your truth will stand by you. Resolve to excel through truth.