Making Your Career Dreams a RealityBy Heather Eagar
One of the most challenging dreams to realize for many people is identifying then fulfilling their goal to acquire a great career. Sometimes it can seem that it will take a lifetime to actually get a foot in the door. But if you have an idea of what you would like to do in your professional life, then your next step is to begin making your dream a reality.
For many people, the route to starting their dream career will vary, but there are a few steps anyone can take to set them on the right path. Let’s look at a few …
Start Where You Are
Whether you’re working for a temporary agency or at a job you’ve been at for years, if you want to step into the career you’re really interested in, you can do it. Many suggest that a good way to get this done is to start right where you are, even if it’s not ultimately where you want to end up.
Why? Starting at your current job helps propel you to your intended career because you can easily take advantage of advanced roles and responsibilities. For example, you may be working as a customer service representative but are very good at working on computers, and actually carry a degree in relation to information technology. You notice that your computer is operating differently and realize only a few tweaks are needed to enhance its performance. You bring this to the attention of your supervisor who calls a technician, from whom the few tweaks suggested are identical. It is then that you can reveal your education. With this type of disclosure, or the nerve to inquire about other additional roles and responsibilities, you may find that your desired career can start right where you are.
Constantly Update Your Resume
This is probably one of the most forgotten tasks among individuals wanting to step into a career – but it’s an important one. Anytime you take on any new tasks, it is crucial that you update your resume immediately. This way you can better articulate what you’ve accomplished because it’s fresh in your mind. Also, by updating as it happens, you can not only pick and choose the accomplishments that best suit any new job you’re applying for, but you can also analyze the list to see what roles and responsibilities are missing from that list that you can take on to better your chances of qualifying for your career.
Study the Field
When trying to step into your desired career, it’s a good idea to study the field your career is nestled in. Ways that you can study include looking at who is hiring and firing, what educational background is required, and which jobs will best get you to your peak goal within your career. Some resources available to help you follow trends include trade publications, newspapers, and even web blogs.