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CAREER

5 Tips On How To Make It In Your Career

Climbing the career ladder.

BY Beryl Karimi

Jan 10, 2023, 09:44 AM

Careers are a huge part of our lives. We grow up knowing what we want to be and we start preparing for our career lives the moment we start school. As grown-ups, we spend a huge chunk of our adult lives trying to get the right job, trying to make the right decisions for careers, and when we do we spend the rest of our lives until retirement trying to climb the career ladder.

This is a wheel that keeps turning until you are old and grey so here are a few tips on how you can be extraordinary at the one thing that defines your destiny. 

1. Read

You have to read books, articles, journals, newspapers, and everything else that is available to you. Reading makes you smarter. It gives you an edge and as cliché, as it sounds, information is power. 

You do not want to be the person who never has anything to add at a meeting. You do not want to be the person who does not ask questions or contribute to any discussions at work. You have to have well-developed personal thoughts and informed opinions. 

What sets you apart in a competitive world is what you have to say. Being knowledgeable is very monumental in the growth of a person's career. 

2. Have An Active LinkedIn Profile

You cannot be a career person in the 21 century and not be on the one site where employers and recruiters gather to poach employees. That platform allows you to shine and it gives you a home where you can network and learn from people in your field. 

It might be hard to navigate the app when you are a newbie but the good news is that there are professionals who charge as low as 1500 Kenyan Shillings to help with that, and if you are a proactive person the internet is full of learning resources. You just have to key in the right words in a google or YouTube search bar.

3. Learning New Skills

There are so many websites on the internet that offer free courses that can be very monumental in your career progression. You have to find time for these courses because they broaden your knowledge and they allow you to learn new trends that are emerging in your field. A lot of people stop evolving immediately when they get into employment and it is the surest way to kill a career.

4. Having A Mentor

A mentor is like a guardian and to grow we all need someone to counsel us on important things and caution us when we are going wrong. Having a mentor who has experience in your career field allows you to have an experienced person in your corner who can teach you through practical lived experiences. This is very important for your growth especially if you are pretty new in your career. 

5. Being disciplined and driven

A good work ethic built in discipline is practically half of what you need to be the best at your career. To kill it at work you have to be the person who gets there early, the person who is never late with submitting their work, you have to be the person who is always on their A-game because at the end of the day what matters is whether you can deliver at your job or not. A lot of people lose out on brilliant opportunities because of their lack of motivation, drive, and general aversion towards work.

To kill it in your career you have to be a hard-working person with an excellent work ethic rooted in discipline.