We all want to be successful in our career and we work really hard for it but despite everything we do, we feel that something is missing and something is not going right. Well, unknowingly we end up making certain mistakes that indirectly adversely impact our career. These are some of our bad habit or behavioral issues because of which all our hard work to be successful in our professional life get affected.
This post talks about the most commonly made 5 mistakes that damage our career. So read on and find out what actions impact your professional life so that you can avoid them in order to be successful.
1. Giving Money Importance Over Opportunity
Money is important but it is surely not everything. When your focus shifts to monetary gains, you end up looking at other intangible things which are more important than financial benefits. Sometimes we rank money over the opportunity to learn or chance to perform and as a result we damage our career. It is very important to always rate opportunity over money as it will help you gain experience, knowledge and confidence to perform a job. This in turn will bring you happiness and contentment. All of things are very important for a bright and shiny career.
2. Not Giving Importance to Relationships
Some of us think that work is everything and focusing on our work is the only thing which we need but this is not true. You also need to give importance to professional relationships. You need to pay attention to your association with your co-workers and team as no job can be accomplished in isolation. If you have healthy relationship with your colleagues, there are chances that your performance levels get better due to synergy. You would be able to communicate and coordinate more effectively.
3. Not Taking Initiatives
Companies always love employees who are prompt. They want their employees to take initiatives. And if you think that opportunities are going to come to you then you are sadly mistaken. With this mindset, you can never be rise high in your career and you will always wait for things to come to you. Practically, you should always go and grab the opportunity in order to be moving ahead in your career.
4. Dressing Way Too Casual
It is a fact that your appearance matters and you must focus on the way you dress, your clothes, accessories etc. to make sure that you look impressive and smart. Going to work in casual clothing, not paying attention to your hair or style is another big mistake you are making because constantly you are creating a bad impression. There is nothing good about not being serious about how you look. You should always be dressed nicely. Do not over dress but do not be casual as well. Strike the right balance and it will definitely get you more success.
5. Focusing More on Personal than Professional
We all know that our job choice, negotiations and everything else is always affected by our personal life but mentioning this point again and again is not a professional thing to do. In fact, while making any negotiations for salary or flexi timings, you should also bring in notice the ways in which it will positively affect your company. You must keep your company before your personal needs as this is always counted as a good gesture. So make sure you avoid talking about your personal choices and convenience over that of your company.
All of these common mistakes are committed by all of us as some point in time in our career and it is very important that we must avoid these blunders as they damage our career. So if you have been making such mistakes, it is time to correct them in order to have more benefits of your hard work in your professional life.
4 Parts of a personal learning plan
First, identify your current skills, knowledge, abilities, and interests. A previous article in this series (5) describes the needs assessment process.
Identify the new skills, knowledge, and experiences you would like to acquire and have. Do these goals match your personal and career interests? Are your goals in agreement with your organization’s goals, mission and vision?
3. Learning purpose.
Identify the gap between the current situation and the desired outcome. This will produce a statement of purpose that should clarify why you want to learn something, and what specific skills, knowledge and abilities you wish to develop.
4. Learning objective(s).
Identify what skills, knowledge, and abilities are to be acquired or enhanced. Remember that this is only a plan, not a rigid promise; your plan can and should be revised as your goals change and as learning occurs.