But all of that has changed, and your outlook on your life and your career should have changed with it. The corporate world – the processes, requirements, and expectations – are all evolving as the internet and e-commerce continue to revolutionize the way the world does business. As an employee (or a prospective employee), staying on top of the latest trends and conditions will make you more valuable to your employer. This creates leverage that works in your favor, and leverage allows you to do wonderful things (like ask for a raise, for example).
Opening Your Eyes
You may find it hard to recognize that there are other possibilities for a career choice, or even just your current career path, but they are there just the same. How you approach them, including the discovery of them, will make a big difference on whether or not you actually become successful in perusing them. There is much more to the career ladder than what you see in front of you- you need to look around as well.
- Explore opportunities in other industries – If you are a technical writer, there are needs for technical writers in multiple industries. If you are finding yourself limited by your current position, try branching out and learning a whole new set of skills by exploring another industry.
- Network with other people in your industry – It never hurts to know what others around you are doing. Perhaps there are people who are performing jobs similar to yours, but have different long term goals or requirements. Performing a mild shift in focus might be a good refresher, acting as a catalyst to give the detail centers of your brain a little jump start.
- Constantly learn and expand your knowledge – Focus on skills that are beneficial to your career. Rather than read inspirational books or listen to hyped up audio tapes, read biographies of people who became successful in your industry, watch documentaries on successful businesses, and get as much first hand experience as you can.
- Take on new responsibilities – Express to your employer that you would like to take on new responsibilities and perhaps begin to move up within the company. Showing ambition and desire may prompt them to give you a chance. Learning new aspects of your industry will help you generate a larger perception of all aspects of your position.
Remember that there is much more to life than what you see. The perceptions, ideas, and actions of other people will always have influence, and the resulting evolution of the workplace means that you will need to be forever learning and expanding your horizons.
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