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How to Have a Successful Career

Having career success is a common goal many people share. Working is a significant part of life so there’s no wonder people want to do something that is meaningful to them. Many people spend at least 40 hours a week working whether they want to or not. It puts food on the table and pays the bills, but besides being a means of living it should also be fulfilling. The following is a list of tips that will help you ensure a successful career.  



Tip 1: Do What You Love

It may sound simple, but doing something that you love is the ultimate key to success. If you have no interest in what you do you will never be satisfied. You need to choose a career that you can see yourself in everyday and for years to come. You are going to be spending a lot of time at work so choosing something that meshes well with your personality, hopes and dreams is crucial.

Tip 2: Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

In many cases people tend to be their own worst enemy. Don’t bring yourself down. When you make a mistake, admit it, fix it and move forward. You can always take measures to improve yourself and work on your shortcomings. It’s important to remember everyone makes mistakes so don’t beat yourself up about it but take it in stride and learn from the experience. Identifying what your weaknesses are and improving on them will help you climb the corporate latter.

Tip 3: Never Feel Like You Are Stuck

No matter what stage you are at in your career you must realize you have options. This goes hand in hand with doing what you love. If you are unhappy or somehow have come to dislike the career you once loved let yourself explore other options. Perhaps this means applying for jobs elsewhere, moving somewhere else within a company or going back to school. Life is too short to wish you were doing something else, take matters into your own hands and don’t settle! 

Tip 4: Communication is Key

Communication is key.  For those who have never been great at communicating effectively this can be a real challenge. If you aren’t great at speaking simply listen to what others are saying and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even if you are a great speaker listen! Being able to listen and retain information is a valued skill in communication. However, it is also important to be able to express your own ideas and opinions in a professional manner.

Tip 5: Challenge Yourself

Work will never be satisfying if you are constantly doing the exact same thing each and every day. If the opportunity arises for you to be challenged take it! Through challenge you will expand on your skills and find a thing or two out about yourself that you never knew before. Get outside of your comfort zone and explore different options. If you constantly play it safe you will never move ahead.



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This article was written by Erin Whitney, Western University graduate currently enrolled in the Diploma in Public Relations at Western Continuing Studies. Erin is completing her practicum at Sportsnet in Toronto.