1. Be Passionate
As Nikki Parkinson of Styling You says,
““if you do something you love and you are passionate about, it will still be hard work, the big difference is that it will be easy to turn up every day.”
Many of us grew up with the belief that money is a synonym of success. This idea can push us into paths that we don’t really like. You might still find the money, but you will live with the constant pain of not enjoying every day. Create a path that suits your objectives and passions and you will much more willing to stick it out when times are tough.
2. Commit to continued education
Technology and the way we do business is constantly evolving and therefore so should our skills. If you want to stay successful it is important to commit to ongoing education goals. This applies to all levels. Whether you need to learn a new programming language or gain new managerial skills, there is always an opportunity to learn and improve your performance.
3. Be persistent and determined
Turning up to work everyday is not always an easy task. Many times it will be difficult to find a role that will put you on the right track for the career of your dreams. If you hit a roadblock in an important task, look for alternative ways to solve it and stay determined.
Kasia Gospos of Leaders in Heels gave us a great example. “I hired a web developer to create a website. Unfortunately he never finished his work and I lost a few thousand dollars. Instead of giving up I decided to teach myself how to build a website, learn basics of html, create graphic design and how to manage social media and online communities.”
4. Find a Mentor
It is okay to ask for advice. A great way of get inspiration and knowledge is by having a mentor. Learning new things can be a complex process. First you need to study what to do and then learn how to do it. A good mentor can provide you with useful knowledge and experience that can help you get where you want to be a lot faster.
5. Be prepared to change careers several times
The days of the 30-year career are over. Markets are changing, trends are changing, technology is evolving. As Angela Priestley from Women’s Agenda points out, we need to
“stay flexible and adaptable enough to change your career according to the shifting needs and opportunities that come up in our world.”
Don’t waste time waiting for the perfect position. Life is short and it’s never too late to change roles or even careers. As you will see all of our interviewees each changed careers multiple times as they continued to hone their skills, mature and discover their passions.
Originally published May, 2014.