How to succeed in your career?

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Last updated June 2016

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Having a successful career is a mission for many people. Accountancy, law, teaching, medicine, media, and social media are some of the fields many people would like to see themselves flourishing in. However, regardless of what the career choice is, it is very important to plan for it appropriately in order to achieve it successfully. This article focuses on how to plan for your dream career.

Step 1

You need to decide on what you want to be. This is an individual choice; however, your career plan should be related to your current situation. For example, if you are studying music, planning to be an accountant in two years time may not correspond with each other. Therefore, planning for a career which is relevant to your current circumstance, personality, and skill sets is important. However, if you decide to have a dramatic shift in your career, you can still go ahead which may require additional efforts and resources. For the purpose of this article, let us assume that you are a business student studying in the 2nd year of a 3 year business degree and you would like to have your own company up and running in three years time.

Step 2

Set some objectives to achieve the plan. First objective may be completing the degree successfully within the stipulated time frame. In this case, as you are in the 2nd year, you need approximately two years to complete the degree. Second objective may be exploring a business idea. Third objective may be finalizing your business idea. Ensure that you have enough resources to support your business. Register with the Companies House (UK) if you want to run your business as a private limited company. Forth objective is about deciding if you want to run the business online or offline. You may also combine the both options. Fifth objective is to open the business on time. As long as the example above is concerned, it should be in three years time from now on. However, if you accelerate things somehow, you can start the business right after the final examination of your degree program.

Step 3

Make sure that you are fully dedicated to your business. Patience and perseverance are the most important characteristics you need to uphold in order to succeed in most things. And running a business is not an exception in this regard.

Further reading/references

Rickman, C., & Roddick, D., (2005) The small business start-up workbook: a step-by-step guide to starting the business you’ve dreamed of, How to Books.

Author: M Rahman

M Rahman writes extensively online with an emphasis on business management and marketing. He is a graduate of both Leeds Metropolitan University and London South Bank University.