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Career Success Principles

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Building a successful career will look different for everyone. However, there are several career success principles that can be utilised strategically. If you are hoping to climb up the career ladder, build new connections and gain progressive experience, then you will need to be strategic in your planning. 

By utilising career success principles, you will be able to focus on your career goals and reflect upon what you have already achieved and what you can do next. So here are several career success strategies that you can utilise to land that promotion, change industries or work within a different area of your field.  


Develop and reflect on your a self- awareness

Understand what makes you tick and reflect on your skills, values and interests. It’s also important to understand what motivates you and identify your ideal career path along with potential opportunities that could lead to career progression. 

Know your job market

Regardless of the industry you may be in, things are always growing and evolving. A good career success principle to keep in mind is to know the skills needed within the industry you are most interested in. Having knowledge of the skills and job roles that are most in demand, will support you with staying relevant and up to date. I often look at job descriptions of senior roles I want to aspire and make note of the professional skills and competencies employers are looking for. 

Think about the vision you have for yourself 

Working as a Creative Psychotherapist within the National Health Care System in the UK has made privy to various pathways that could potentially elevate my career. Working with the senior-level staff has enabled me to think about where I would like my career to go.

Having a vision for yourself is a career success principle that will support you to set and achieve your goals. When thinking about the vision you have for yourself, think about where you would like to live, the type of people you want around you, the type of work you want to do, and the level of income you wish to acquire.


Set personal and professional goals

When setting personal or professional goals, identify which goals are your top priority. Write down your goals where you can see them and reflect upon them frequently. Setting too many goals could be distracting, however, so stay focused on your top priority goals.

Keep your eye on developments within your industry

This is a career success principle strategy that is quite similar to knowing your job market. However, by knowing key developments within your industry, there may be opportunities to contribute to the development and improvement of services.

A few ways to keep up to date include being active on sites such as LinkedIn and networking with higher-ranking seniors within the industry. Online study and attending industry events are alternative ways of staying ways of staying up to date.

Plan and remain flexible

Lastly, a career success principle that will keep you grounded is planning and being flexible. Planning is a good strategy. However, sometimes your next opportunity may pop up unexpectedly and it may require you to change roles or move teams. Being flexible can support a growth mindset, and you can build upon your flexibility by engaging in hobbies or taking new projects at work.

What is your top-priority career success principle? Share with a comment and don’t forget to react to this post with an emoji!


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Freda Nomo

Freda Nomo

Arts Psychotherapist/RDMP

Freda is a Creative Psychotherapist, Content Creator and Lifestyle & Mental Health Blogger. You can connect with Freda via social media or her website.

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