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Just because a person decides to make a lateral career move doesn’t mean they’re taking a step back or damaging their promotion potential. Whoever said the road to success was a perfectly laid out straight line? Sometimes you have to follow your heart and do what you think is best to get from point A to point B. Here are some reasons why it’s okay to take that lateral position.
Once we enter the workforce we are taught to be good little minions and do what our boss tells us to do. At some point it’s going to get really boring doing the same thing over and over again, yet another business suit among the crowd. The question is whether or not you have the courage to go against the grain?
Here are some rules that are worth breaking. Do you have the guts to be different?
You might think you’re the greatest to ever do it in your industry, but does that mean you walk around puffing out your chest like you are God’s gift to your company? It’s one thing to know how good you are at what you do, but a completely different story to lack the basic manners you need to maintain your professionalism.
Some folks are just too caught up in their own shadow to see their shortcomings.
There are times in life when your skill set will get you far–and other times when you need to learn how to play on a team. If you happen to lack these basic people skills, you need to figure out how to get them…and fast.
Just when you think you’re beginning to make strides in your career, life knocks you down. You start to question whether or not you’re on the right path, or if your efforts are worth continuing. You might even start to doubt your own abilities.
So what are we suppose to do when we feel discouraged?
How you answer will determine where you go. Here are some pointers on things to do when you can’t reach your goals.
There will come a point when you start to question your profession–and that’s quite natural. Not all roads leading to success are straight and narrow which is why many of us hop around until we find the thing that gives us joy. While you should pursue your dreams, this in no way means you up and quit your job without anything else in place. Here are some things to think about before you change your career.
At some point in your career you’re going to question whether or not you should head back to school. There’s nothing wrong with the decision not to get a masters or PhD as sometimes it’s not needed for job advancement. If you’re interested in a higher degree, here are some questions to ask before you say commit to graduate school.
Sometimes in life you’re dealt a series of cards that can make things extremely frustrating. You feel like you aren’t getting ahead and are on an endless spiral of bad luck. It can happen to the best of us which makes the response time to picking ourselves up a little slow. There are tons of different reasons why we feel stuck. Hopefully one of them is not your own doing.
Here are nine signs you’re getting in your own way! Don’t sabotage your own success.
Life deals us a blow, we get back up. We get knocked back down, we get back up. Sooner or later those marks become bruises to our ego and desire to continue on the path we thought was best for our lives. As tempting as throwing in the towel is, we simply cannot afford to end our pursuit of happiness. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t give up on your dreams.
Have you ever been close to quitting?
The best thing that ever happened to me in college was being accepted into a national magazine internship. I held that as near to my heart as Gollum held the ring. The worst thing that ever happened was turning it down. It wasn’t really a decision, it was just bad timing. Regardless, the situation has been an anecdotal warning about the power of internships — especially the right internships.
Although I didn’t get to spend a summer in New York being paid by a men’s interest behemoth, I did get to travel abroad for twice as long and intern for a publishing house. I gained experience at four publications in two departments, and got to roam Australia under the veil of education. I’d call it even. Yet anytime I’m passed over for lack of experience, I have to think…well, what if?
Many students and recent graduates are wary of internships, especially those that are out-of-state, full-time and unpaid. It’s a financially debilitating proposition. But it is also potentially lucrative in the long run.
A handful of my peers took on unpaid opportunities that led to permanent placement or at least steady freelancing within months of graduation. And in fields such as communications and marketing, the connections made in internships are often the difference between struggle and hustle.
In that sense, internships are more than stepping stones and pre-entry-level training. More than auditions for careers post-8 a.m. classes. They teach the intricacies of professional environments, including the politics and nuance of the office and the job market. So each opportunity should be carefully considered rather than blindly accepted.
Where you intern matters. Some recruiters will look at a résumé and respond to name drops like a video vixen at a listening party — dismissing the skills gained if acquired at the wrong place. More still will compare the companies where you’ve professionally volunteered and compare them to their own as a measure of your ability to handle the workload. Which is why top corporations are able to secure leading candidates despite more financially desirable options.
And because the primary influence on your career is you, who you meet, the impression you make and how you personally shape the experience are major factors as well. Which might mean accepting the internship in the editorial department though you’re actually interested in production is the best decision. At least you’ll be in the building. And once you’re there, frequent trips to the art department — but only after you’ve finished your real assignment — could lead to purposeful networking, solid references and greater opportunity.
But if anyone asked whether internships were an essential part of securing a job, I’d hesitate to say yes. My post-graduation internship led to freelance opportunities, but it was my freelancing of a completely separate vein that lead to my first full-time role. I have friends and colleagues who can’t find a role they love despite three internships, and others who get calls about jobs only because of them.
What results of an internship can be tremendous or slight. More important than anything is getting out there and casting a net far and wide. As far and wide, perhaps, as the oceans and opportunities will take you.
All of us have (or should have) some professional end goal in mind. Whether it’s climbing up the corporate ladder or launching a business of your own, all of us are looking for that “aha” moment where everything comes together. Success doesn’t just happen overnight and requires time. Rather than wait for the perfect opportunity, make your moves now. Here are some tips on how to reach your breakthrough.