All of us are dreaming of success. Whether we want to be a teacher, an engineer, an architect, a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer or whichever profession we choose, success is always our goal. It doesn’t end with being one, but we will always aim for success which is determined by how well we do in our jobs and how we portray ourselves as well.
Many professionals opt for career counseling for guidance, because all professions come with challenges, and we all need help from people who understand our situation and our objective. Michelle Ward, PhD said, “You want to make sure this is someone who you’d feel comfortable and confident talking to, who you’re really sure will ‘get’ you, and who you feel is worth the investment.” Career counselors have extensive experience in dealing with professionals who are seeking career advancement.
Who can benefit from career counseling?
Career counseling benefit people who are undecided about their career choice. The career counselor will help you know yourself better and determine your strengths and weaknesses to find which profession might be a good fit for you based on the information you gave your counselor. “Effective counselors should have excellent communication skills,” according to Ashley Miller, a licensed social worker and psychotherapist.
Career counseling benefit people who are thinking of a career change. Studies show that a person can change careers from 3 to 7 times in a lifetime based on data gathered by The United States Department of Labor (DOL).
There are a lot of factors that could affect your mind about staying in your current profession, especially for those who had a lot of career choices from the beginning.
A career change could be from the influence of a significant person in your life, the environment, a newly found passion, or it could be a change of heart. Your career counselor will help you clear your mind and come up with the best decision.
Career development is determining your way towards success. When you decided to become a doctor, it doesn’t end there. All professions come with challenges. It could be the tasks, the environment, your colleague, your boss, the salary, or anything related to your career. If you feel negative towards any of these, you need to seek the advice of a counselor as these aspects of your career are important in determining your success.
The Don’ts of Success
Don’t Come on Time, Come Earlier
We often hear, “be on time,” but it’s better to come to work 15 to 30 minutes earlier than your schedule. This way, you’d still have time to prepare for your tasks and make your morning greetings.
Don’t Meet Expectations, Surpass Them
Your employer hired you because he saw something in you. He expects nothing less but for you to do well in your job, so don’t just meet their expectations, do your best to excel and surpass them.
All your hard work will never go unnoticed. If you’re still not getting that promotion, you need to assess not just your performance but your personality as well.
Don’t Just Be a Team Player, Be a Key Player
Your relationship with your colleagues is also important in creating a healthy work environment which is essential in paving your way to success. “Did you ever feel like you should stay late to finish a project? If it happens often, that might make you resent your boss, and could cause you to look for a new job,” Ilana Tolpin Levitt, a career counselor and a licensed mental health professional writes. It is okay to ask for help from your teammates, but it is best that you are the one providing help and support to your team.
Success is not a theory. You have to work hard to be successful in all your endeavors. There are no shortcuts nor lucks. You need to know what your goal is to plan which steps to take, and the most important thing is that you love what you are doing as Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”