A successful and happy career is not something that just happens on its own, it’s something that you have to create one day at a time. Tom decided that after college, he would pursue his love for cybersecurity and enrolled himself on an ethical hacking course. After completing his course and attaining the certification, he started working as a white-hat hacker with a company he had always admired. After four years of his job, Tom is now a reputed penetration tester at an even bigger organization and is reaping the fruits of his successful professional life one day at a time.
His career didn’t grow to where it is today on its own, by just doing everyday tasks. Instead, it grew till this point despite his daily hectic job. No matter what field you work in, whether you are a full-time employee or a freelancer, you will have your daily to-do lists that will eat up most of your time and your weekends will be booked for rest and relaxation. As a result, you will lose focus on your long-term goals and your career growth may hit a speed bump. It is, thus, extremely important that you take out time for tiny habits that can have a big impact on your career and help you move up the ladders faster than you would otherwise be able to.
The habit that can change your life:
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Finish your work at the office
This sounds strange to a lot of people. Why should you finish your work at the office? What if you have a lot of work that you need to take home after the day? The idea is that if you finish your work (no matter how long) at the office itself, then you end up drawing a clear line between your work and your personal life. Blurring the lines between work and personal life has a negative effect on your career. If you reach home with your office work every day, then you will never have enough time to do anything extra for your job. You will feel like it is already consuming your entire clock and that you don’t need to do anything more for your career.
But if you reach home with a free mind, you can focus better on your goals (professional goals as well). And you will use that time wisely to evaluate your growth at work. It is only because of this reason that Tom finally realised that he can use his personal time to work on upgrading his skill and making a 5-year career plan. That’s why he decided to take the next step after the CEH course and complete his penetration testing course to upgrade his expertise.
Doing proactive work can help you call the shots
The next step can be doing proactive work. Doing work that no one asked you to do can help you build an impressive portfolio. This is only possible if you have clarity about your career growth and goals. If you were consumed and overwhelmed by daily workload every day, then this can seem like an unnecessary burden and an over the top effort. But this is exactly what you need to do to stand out from the crowd and establish yourself as a passionate and valuable professional. 7 Signs it’s Time to Change Jobs
The next time, when you look for a better job or a promotion at your current organization, you will be in greater charge of your professional destiny because you will have already gone the extra mile and done everything to exceed the expectations of your employers, thus calling the shots to your career growth without having to leave it on what average people call ‘fate’.