How to Thrive in Your Chosen Career Field

Career Field

If you want to thrive in your chosen career field, you need to think of many different concepts and areas. You need to consider all your skills – and potentially learn new ones – and you have to be able to adapt, think on your feet, and so much more. In the past, you might have been able to focus on just one area of development, and that would have been enough, but in today’s fast-paced, technologically advanced, and certainly competitive world, this is unlikely to be sufficient.

With that in mind, it’s crucial that you have a clear career trajectory mapped out – as much as you can, at least – allowing you to move forward in a clear, decisive way and do exactly what you set out to do. Here are some of the best ways to thrive in your chosen career field; read on, and you might realize just how many you can put into practice and how beneficial that would be. 

Consider Your Options Early 

If you want to thrive in your chosen career, you need to pick the right career, to begin with. Unless you enjoy what you do, you’re not going to put the right amount of effort in to get further ahead. You’ll simply go to work, do what you have to do, and then try to forget about it. If you choose well, however, you will be much more likely to move forward, not just because you want to (although that is certainly true), but because you are happy to. Choosing well at the start makes all the difference. 

Of course, choosing the right career path early on in your life is not necessarily an easy thing to do. There are people who know exactly what they want to do and have done from an early age, but what if you are not sure, and you have many different areas of interest and plenty of skills? In that case, becoming a volunteer or an intern and gaining work experience is a good option. Do this early on, perhaps while working part-time in a job that pays your bills but that isn’t necessarily what you want, and you can start to get an idea of what it is you really do want to do. 

Although this is key to getting further ahead in your career sector and truly thriving at work, it is always possible to change career paths. Once you have chosen, you’re not locked in for life; no matter how long and hard you might have studied for your qualifications, you can always start over. However, getting your choice right from the beginning will save you time and worry, not to mention the expense, and will allow you to move forward more confidently. 

Create an Excellent Resume 

If you want to get ahead, you may not be able to stay working for the same company for your entire working life. It could be there are just no good progression options for you there, and maybe another company offers a lot more. You cannot, therefore, rely on doing good work and being noticed by a manager when it’s time to promote someone. Instead, if you want to get to the next level, you may need to look further afield, and in that case, you’ll have to have an excellent resume in place. If not, you’ll never be spotted by the people who need to see you, and you won’t get any further ahead. 

Writing a resume is not something that you should do quickly without thinking. You’ll need to take your time, ensuring that everything you need to include is there and that it looks good and reads well. 

When you write your resume, you should remember that:

  • It should be no longer than one page
  • It must include all relevant qualifications and achievements
  • There should be a cover letter that directly relates to the job you are applying for

In the past, many resumes would have included a personal statement, but this is unnecessary. In fact, it could even be detrimental; if you write that you enjoy watching movies or going out with your friends, this might be met with negative views. Plus, any employer will more than likely search for you on social media if they want to know more about you as a person. 

Make it a habit to update your resume at least once every six months, even if you don’t currently intend to look for a new job. You never know when you will see an advert for something that catches your eye, and it’s good to be ready when it comes to thriving in your chosen career. 

Get More Qualifications 

If you want to go further in the career you are currently in, one of the best ways to do so is to study for an additional qualification. If you have a degree in one subject, would another in a different subject be helpful? Or would it be a good idea to study for a master’s or even a Ph.D.? Doing this will give you more knowledge, of course, but it will also look impressive to any employer or potential employer, making you an excellent candidate for a higher-level job. When it is seen that you are consciously learning more about your subject, you’ll be much more sought after; you’ll be showing that you are interested, dedicated and that you have plenty of ‘soft skills’ that are needed in work and study. 

Plus, there are some career moves that require specific qualifications. If you are working as a nurse and want to concentrate on mental health, then studying for a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is the best thing you can do. Without such a specific qualification, you won’t be able to do what you want to do, and neither will you have the knowledge to do it. 

Embrace Networking 

Networking is something that some people seem to be naturally good at; they are able to speak to anyone about anything, and self-promotion doesn’t seem to be a problem at all. This is excellent; if you are one of these people, then you will find that your ability to network well will certainly help you thrive in your career, and you will be able to find many opportunities that might otherwise have been missed or lost. 

However, some people are the opposite of this; they are introverted, preferring not to talk to people unless it’s absolutely necessary. For these people, the idea of networking is anathema to them, and they would rather do anything than have to talk about themselves or meet new people. 

If this is the case for you, then you will miss out on important opportunities by not networking. However, there is another way; luckily, the old way of networking has changed. Although it is still possible to attend special networking meetings, and many people do and do well from this, it is now possible to network online. Sites such as LinkedIn are designed to allow people to connect in a professional way, as opposed to Facebook, for example, which is more about personal connections. Or you can attend a video networking event where you can be at home and comfortable while still talking to others and gaining insights, and seeing possibilities. 

No matter how you prefer to do it or what your personality is like, it’s crucial to understand just how important networking really is. If you want to grow and thrive in your career, you will need to network regularly.

Accept Change 

If there is one thing that is certain in any career and in business in general, it’s that change is inevitable. Technology is an excellent example of this; if you look back only a few years, sometimes just a few months, you’ll see that big changes have happened and that those changes have directly influenced and impacted how business works and how people do their jobs. 

When you want to thrive in your chosen career, it’s vital that you understand how change can happen and that it will happen. You must be able to accept change as something that is inevitable and be flexible enough in your goals to continue growing. Change can be hard to deal with, and for some, it can be enough to put them off their stride entirely, throwing their plans into disarray. If you want to move forward in your career, this is not something you can allow to happen. Accepting change is hard, but knowing that you’ll need to do this means it will be a little easier. 

Refine Your Competitive Advantage 

There are many people looking for the same things in their careers. There are many people who will be on the same career path as you, and perhaps you will come across them as you grow and change jobs and companies. No matter how much you might like them as a person, it’s important to remember that they are your competition. You will need to refine your competitive advantage to get ahead of them and show your employer or a potential employer that you are the best person for the job. There are a number of ways this can be done. We’ve already mentioned going back to school to obtain more qualifications and networking, but as well as this, you can show that you are a ‘go-getter’ by taking calculated risks, by bettering yourself in terms of your soft skills, by being proactive and innovative and not being afraid to speak up when you have an idea or want to offer feedback, and so on. Make sure you are noticed for the right reasons, and this will help you gain a competitive advantage.