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  • To most of us, career growth and success are life goals that are right in line with marriage, a mortgage, kids, and two bright and shiny new cars in the driveway. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. In many cases, well-educated people are stuck in jobs that they’re overqualified for and they’re blocked for promotions by senior team members.

    When it comes to career success, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

    Here are five things that you can do to improve your career growth prospects and be happier and successful at work:

    1. Learn New Skills

    If you’re passed over again and again for promotions, it might be time to start learning new skills in order to make yourself more valuable to the company. Taking online courses and getting professional certifications can go a long way to help you advance with your current company or look more attractive to another company should you decide to leave.

    It’s important to remember that it’s not your employer’s responsibility to advance your career. You must develop your own plan for career growth and hold yourself accountable.

    2. Stop Schmoozing Co-Workers

    Coworkers have fun in the office and take a selfie

    It’s great to have friends at work but your job isn’t a country club aimed at enhancing your social status. Being friendly and courteous is important in the office, but being friends with everyone is not. This is not to say that you shouldn’t attend social events or engage in some water cooler talk from time to time, but remember that your peers may one day be your subordinates.

    This often leads to workplace hostility. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that you have friends outside of work and that remaining friendly, but not too friendly, is the best course of action.

    3. Set Personal Goals

    Confident young professional on laptop brainstorms some professional goals

    When it comes time for a promotion or a raise, you’re ultimately going to be judged on what you do to provide additional value to the company.

    Corporate goals are great, but setting personal goals to push the envelope a bit further is great for overall career growth and gives you great talking points when you’re met with a review for a raise or promotion.

    4. Build A Network

    Young professionals at a networking event

    Networking is no longer an option; it’s the norm. Attending these events puts you in contact with people who not only could provide opportunities later but could also help you at your current job. Need a new HR person? You probably know someone. The IT department is looking for a new lead—great, you can call the guy you met at happy hour.

    These contacts allow you to not only be on the lookout for future opportunities but to also be the person in your current position who has the contacts they need to get things done.

    5. Be The Solution

    Happy man on laptop thinks about solving problems at work

    If there’s one thing that bosses hate, it’s the person who brings problems to them to solve. Problems happen, and sometimes you don’t have any other choice but to bring it to your boss, but you’ll be looked at in a far more favorable light if you bring solutions when you present the problems.

    “This is a potential problem, but I’ve done some research and it appears that this would fix it”—sounds a lot better to your management team than just being the guy who is constantly complaining.

    If these tips don’t help and you can’t seem to get ahead no matter what you try, it might be time to look for a new job. There’s no shame in trying something and then moving on to something else when it doesn’t work.

    No matter what position you’re in, there are always ways to keep moving up the corporate ladder. Don’t give up. Remember to seize every opportunity and work on your career a little bit every day. You’ll be out of a career rut in no time.

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    This article was originally published at an earlier date.

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  • As a professional, career development can be a difficult concept to grasp, and an even harder one to put into action. I’m here to simplify it for you: there are four phases of career development every professional should know, and they are the keys to building a successful and satisfying career.

    4 Phases Of Career Development (And How To Make The Cycle Easier)

    @j.t.odonnell 98% of people make this career mistake #careermistake #careermistakes #careeradvice #careermode #career #careertiktok #careerhelp #careerchoicehelp #careerchoice #chooseyourcareer ♬ original sound – J.T. O’Donnell

    Here are the four phases of career development you should know:

    • Phase 1: Choosing a Career Path or Direction
    • Phase 2: Getting a Job
    • Phase 3: Developing Your Career
    • Phase 4: Deciding to Change Jobs or Make a Career Change

    Once you complete the fourth phase, the cycle starts over again. So at any given point, you will be in one of these four phases from the time you start working until the time you retire.

    The key to making this cycle easier is to narrow in on two things:

    1. A problem that’s bigger than yourself that you would love to solve
    2. Your unique combination of professional strengths that could help solve it

    When you dial into these two factors, you will be able to catapult your success and satisfaction because you’ll be doing work that matters to you, and you’ll be so amazing at that work that people will take notice and you will grow and you will get what you want.

    So how do you do this? Well, it starts with that first phase.

    Most people were never taught how to properly choose a career path or direction. So, as a result, we usually make the mistake of falling victim to “the first job that comes along” syndrome. We take the first job that comes along that seems reasonably exciting and a match, and then we quickly figure out the job is not for us. So we look for a new job, and we make the same mistake again, and again, and again.

    Fast forward five years, a decade, 15 years, and suddenly we’re in a career crisis because we know we want to do something else but we have all this experience doing one thing. And the kind of experience we have usually dictates what kind of job we can get going forward.

    I want you to avoid this cycle. And if you’re in this cycle, I want you to break it.

    Now, the best way to do that is to go through a free, hour-long workshop called “How To Choose Your Career (In 5 Simple Steps).” It’s going to help you understand what you have to assess about yourself and then how to narrow in on those options so that you can make an informed decision and choose a career path that will work for you.

    I know you’re stuck. I know you’re frustrated. And I know it’s because you didn’t get Phase 1 right. And we’re going to fix it now. Let’s do this together. Go get ’em.

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