Success means different things to different people. How do you grade your career success? Is it by the common factor- MONEY, which gives you the purchasing power to cater for your financial needs or the fancy title you’re given at work? It is understandable that nobody wants to be in a position of lack, unable to foot their bills or take care of their family. But using paycheck as the only yardstick to measure career success? Not advisable!
While salary/promotion is one way to measure your success at work, there are other metrics you must also consider. Your answers to the questions below will tell you where you are on your career journey.
- How is your growth rate? Do you constantly have challenging responsibilities? Are there obvious differences in your career now from when you first started? Can you honestly look back and marvel at how far you have come? If there is constant growth, then that is a good indication of success. You will feel greatly motivated and happy with your career path. On the other hand, if you feel stagnated or stuck this may be an indication that you are lagging behind.
- Are you valuable? How valuable are your contributions to the workplace? Do you exert some level of influence? Being given meaningful work to do and knowing that your inputs are usually sought for or your roles are directly relevant to the overall success of the organisation can generate feelings of success. Do you think your absence will be felt or there will be a void if you go on a vacation?
- How is your motivation? How do you feel on Mondays? Do you feel reluctant whenever you wake up to a new workday? Do you look forward to going to work every day? Does your job give you the opportunity to achieve important things? If you are constantly motivated then it means you are creating value and your career is growing on the right track.
- Do you have valuable relationships? You have been in the industry for many years, how many valuable contacts have you made? If you’ve been able to build a certain level of relationship and strong social network in your career that means you have come a long way. Because these contacts contribute positively to your professional development.
- What have you learned? What have you acquired so far? Are your skills better? If you’ve mastered the unique twists and how-tos of your company culture, and you have become a more experienced professional, then you are obviously a success.
The above-listed points yardsticks will create a balance as you measure your career success.
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