Career Prep Is Key for Career Success — No Matter Your Age

Preparing as much as you can for the career path you choose to go down is vital if you want to make a success of it. By going into your career with all the tools needed to be successful in it you won’t find yourself feeling overwhelmed. And when you don’t feel overwhelmed with a career, you give yourself the best chance possible to stick at it.

Of course, the first thing that springs to mind when you consider preparing for a career is education. From the tender age of three or four we are thrown into the world of education. Over the coming years it is compulsory that we are educated and that we take tests and exams to prove it. And then once a certain age is hit and we are deemed to be an adult, a choice is to be made between continuing in education, or stepping out of it. Whichever way you choose or did choose, is not necessarily important. What is important is that you do all you can now, no matter your age, to prepare and better your career.

If you are just starting out on your career path then it is essential that you use these formative years to your advantage. You can advance your career whilst you’re stuck doing the grunt work, even if it doesn’t feel like you can. Even when you trudging through the drudgery of the work that nobody else wants to do, you can still be taking yourself forward in your career goal. You can do so by ensuring that your work never goes by unnoticed, especially by your boss. By actively seeking out the approval of your boss, even though it may seem as if you’re sucking up to them, actively makes them aware of your work. And if your work is good, even better. You should also take this time to learn from everyone that has a lot more experience in your chosen career field than yourself. They have been in your shoes. They have done what you have done. And they are now where you want to get to. It’s only logical that you learn as much from them as possible. By putting these tips into practice you are preparing yourself for the most important years of your career, those years that fall between your mid-twenties and your early thirties.

But those younglings who are just starting out on their career path aren’t the only ones who can prepare for their career. Even those of a more mature age can do so. One way they can do so is by re-entering the world of education through an online course. By taking such a venture those who want to prepare for their career can do so whilst they are in the midst of it. For instance, by taking an online Master’s in Lean Manufacturing, those who work in automotive manufacturing can benefit two-fold. They can learn the theories of mechanical engineering and then instantly put their newfound knowledge into practice in their career. Continuing your professional development, no matter what field you are in or how old you are, is always a great investment.

No matter what age you find yourself now, it’s never too early or too late to prepare for your career in order to get the most of it. And even if you’re already in your career, it’s still not too late to prepare for it!


Why Millennials Suck In The Job Market

Over the past few years, millennials have been complaining about the fact that they’re not offered jobs in the same way that their parents were once they had graduated from college. The reasons for this are many. They have to do with the stagnation of the economy, the fact that there are more graduates and the fact that globalization has meant that many of the best jobs have gone overseas. However, many Millennials are in denial about the fact that the generation itself is partly to blame.

The problem with millennials is that they are fundamentally anti-work. This isn’t their fault entirely: it comes from decades of public sector education which has taught them that people who run businesses are fundamentally evil. But this argument has kind of slipped into their unconscious and so even millennials who want to get a job with an employer are often difficult to manage.

This is good news, however, for millennials who get things right. The rest of the generation is essentially competing with a handicap, meaning that good candidates are often able to quickly rise to the top and get ahead in their careers.

Here are some of the ways millennials suck in the job market and what to do about it.

Failing To Show Gratitude

Did you know that gratitude is good for you? It turns out that the people who show the greatest gratitude are usually the happiest with their lives. It’s also good when it comes to your career. People want to work with individuals who are genuinely grateful for the help they receive in the office, even if it only seems like a minor thing. Make a habit of saying thank you for all the little ways in which people help you. Even sending a postcard can be a great way to get ahead.

Failing To Understand That Job Interviews Work Both Ways

Millennials have another problem: they’re taught from a young age that there always has to be somebody with authority in the room. But this isn’t the way the voluntary world of business works. As this post points out, jobs are a two-way street where both parties are finding out whether the job is a good deal. Employers want to know whether a candidate can really add value and candidates want to know whether this is the right employer or whether they should choose another. Millennials need to get used to the idea that the job interview is an opportunity to make sure that the company is the right place for them. After all, they’re going to be there for 35-plus hours a week.

Failing To Be Confident

There’s a crisis of confidence in the millennial generation: nobody can deny it. But to actually make it in the workplace, you have to be able to wing it at times. Often there will be situations where there is no obvious answer, and you have to improvise. Though these situations can be difficult, they’re a good way to make sure that other people have confidence in you.

Refine YOUR Approach to Business

Is your business as strong as it can be? If it’s not then you’ve probably racked your brains on how to strengthen it. You’ve probably taken action on trying to strengthen it too. You may have tweaked your marketing campaigns. You could have made changes to your prices. You might very well have even hired more employees. But sometimes the biggest action you can take is looking at your own performance. Sometimes, the biggest changes within a business can only start right at the top with you, the boss. If you’ve tried everything else to get your business where you want it to be, and it hasn’t worked, then perhaps its time to refine your own approach to business.

To be upwardly mobile, let alone strong, your business needs a backbone it can rely on. It needs something to hold it up even when the odds and stocks are stacked against it. And there is nothing else that can provide this backbone but you. There is no other person than you that has the authority or the right to provide your business a backbone. And you need to provide it in more than one area of your business. You need to provide it out on the floor when it comes to employee/customer relations. You need to provide it in the boardroom when it comes to meetings with clients. And you need to provide it in your office when you deal with all the financial matters at play. Because you need to provide so much in so many areas, it is wise to educate yourself as much as possible in regards to the tasks that you face. And where better a place to educate yourself than school? Now, you’re probably thinking you don’t have the time to be able to go back to university and educate yourself in business. But what’s stopping you from taking an online Business degree? By doing so you would be afforded the opportunity to build core skills in teamwork, influencing, presentations and leadership. And what’s even better is that you can build all this in the comfort of your own home, in your own time.

But if going back to school isn’t for you then there are still ways you can become a better boss during your everyday working life. One way to do so is to start listening more and talking less. By practicing this way of life and allowing for it to become second nature you allow yourself the opportunity to build relations with your employees like never before. By listening to your employees and not jumping in and shutting their ideas down you depict yourself to be a boss who is open to hearing their ideas. This then distills in them the knowledge that they can trust you. It also trains your employees about how to work situations out within your business themselves. And the more employees know about how to fix a situation, the less time you have to spend training them to fix it.

As an owner of a business you have to be prepared to make changes to your own models and practices. Even if it means dedicating yourself to education again. Even if it means changing the habit of a lifetime and actually taking your time with employees rather than rushing things with them. If it’s going to benefit your business, it has to be done.