Making a good career is not a joke. Everyone has to work hard to make a good career. It’s not a normal way and not also what everyone expects. People make a lot of mistakes when they built up their career. These mistakes are almost common. They are:
Assuming a linear career
The first mistake they make is an assumption. The assumption is really bad and they collectively assume a lot of things without even asking or researching. One of those assumptions is that careers progress linearly. They think that they will make an internship after education and get a job. After 3 years of job, they will become a low-level manager and after a few years, they will move to a company which will provide them a better salary. But there is no guaranty of becoming a low-level manager within 3 years or getting a high salary in another company. It can easily take more time what everyone never thinks.
When everyone enters into their career their main attention goes to money. They become crazy to earn money. But only earning money is not the main thing to build a good career. They have to learn new things, making experiences, adding value to other people’s lives. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to earn money. It means to earn much money that they need and spend the rest of their time increasing their skills. If they are experts in the management side but they have no idea about marketing and then they somehow lose their management job and involve in the marketing side, their career will be in threat. So, they need to gather knowledge about other things while earning money.
Time is the most valuable thing in shaping up a career. But most people of this generation waste them a lot by using the internet or watching tv or pointless shopping or leisure activity. Though entertainment is important in life it doesn’t mean that they have to waste every free minute they have. They can use their free time by developing their career. They can do something which can make them an expert.
Choosing a job over an industry
After completing education, they try to find a job in every type of industry. They find a different job but in most of the cases, they don’t find their interesting job. Because the industry has different jobs. Less interest makes the job uncomfortable for them. Then most people try to find a new job which makes them retreat. Cause they have given time in one job and they have to give time a lot in the new one. So, everyone should choose an industry where they can find a suitable job.
After working hard a few times they think that it’s time to take a rest for some time and then they make one of the biggest mistakes. No one is safe. Cause life is a competition. If they take rest for a while their rivals who are eagerly waiting for that scope will make the best use of this. So they never have to feel comfortable. They have to work hard a lot to make themselves successful. After gaining success there has no time even to waste. Working is the only thing to make a successful career.
Not asking for things
Every job is attached to the business sector in one way or another. So other people will try to take their spot, push them over or mess up their career. Even in this way they can find that their career has been destroyed. The main problem is that people are shy about asking anything. Asking logical things is the right of an employee. If they want to work on any other thing they have to ask. If they want to increase their salary they also have to ask. Cause no one will give them anything for free.
Not following your interest
There are two types of people. One type of people who follow their own passion and others do not. If they don’t follow their passion they can easily lose interest. As like one is expert in both management site and marketing site but his passion is management. If he works in a marketing site he will lose his interest gradually. It is only for passion. Some people say that they don’t follow their passion. Surely, they will suffer a lot in their career. Cause if they have a passion for something they can’t do the other things with a little bit of interest.
Not listening to people
When people complete their education, the biggest mistake they make is they think they are mature enough to make decisions. They don’t listen to those people who have experienced them. Experienced people can tell them the scope, danger, probability of a specific job. They also can say which jobs will give them future security and which not. But the main problem is they don’t even try to listen to them and in the path of their career, they struggle.
Wanting too much, too quickly
While building a career, everyone has to keep patience. Because a career doesn’t follow a linear line. They can’t leap from zero to top within one day or make a giant leap. But everyone thinks that they can become successful overnight. This is too much wanting. Building a career will take a lot of time. Then there are always ups and downs. They have to overcome these. Keeping wants easy and slowly gaining everything will make their career-best.
Not asking for help
Though they can be an expert in one subject but not perfectly. They need more knowledge. But the problem is when they think they are experts, arrogance raises up in their minds. They think that why should they consult with a matter that they know well. In this way, they make bad decisions which hamper their career. So, when making any decision, they have to consult with their colleagues.
If these 10 mistakes everybody can lessen in their life, they can make a better way to build up a good career.
Sources: theladders.com, observer.com, (Darius Foroux’s Confession)
Md. Istiak Ahmed
Faculty Of Business Studies 10th Batch
Department Of Management
Mawlana Bhashani Science And Technology University, Santosh, Tangail.