By Shahla Aliyeva
Photo by Sam Dan Truong on Unsplash
Getting the most out of a career is any professional’s dream. Yet how often do most people call it quits before having tasted career success, or continue down a career path they are unsatisfied with? What does getting the most out of your career imply? Well, the answer provided usually depends on who you ask. Most professionals perceive career success differently. The common denominator, however, is that career success has to be guided by some goals. Here are some tips, if implemented, that could help steer your Developer career to maximum success.
1. Find a Career You Love
Always trust your gut before embarking on any career path. “Will I be comfortable committing to this career in the long haul?” As you answer this question, see to it that the career you choose is a suitable match for your interests, personality, and values. This means that you need to do an extensive assessment of the occupation, and most importantly, do not let anyone else influence your choice.
2. Have a Plan
With a general career goal, you also need to tie your aspirations to a specific outcome. Having a plan with clear timelines goes a long way in giving you a sense of direction. With the main goal in place, make sure you break it down to a series of short-term objectives; say a set of monthly plans. With the plan in place, commit to it, and you will undoubtedly reap the rewards that come with good focus.
Sometimes life throws excellent opportunities your way. With a well thought out plan, you will know straight away if they are worthy of wavering.
3. Be Persistent
The law of attraction suggests that every reward that comes your way is often drawn to you by the effort you put in. When it comes to moving up the career ladder, for instance, sticking to your path is key to success. And if by any chance the challenges that come your way seem daunting, never beat yourself up. If you find you are missing something or making a mistake, find a solution, as you keep moving forward.
4. Work and Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Nothing beats hard work when it comes to making it big in any industry. Giving everything your best shot will undoubtedly better your chances of achieving your goals. Of course, if you feel inadequate in some areas, there will always be people with more experience than you who will be willing to extend a helping hand. Besides getting help from your peers, consider finding a mentor!
5. Keep Your Ears Open
It will help if you keep learning at all times. But ensure you listen to the right people. If you are having a casual chat with your boss or colleagues, make sure you listen carefully. Giving everyone a hearing is not only about learning for yourself, but it also helps you to build a rapport, which is a powerful enabler in career success.
6. Be Your Own Biggest Fan
Nothing beats self-motivation. Therefore, as much as you can, always be your own biggest fan. This means that you should be quick to celebrate your success and positive attributes. Of course, do bear in mind that although you are rooting for yourself, ensure you are not too proud to be classified as a know-it-all. Arrogance can be a real career killer at times.
7. Own Your Mistakes
Mistakes are part of any journey. What differentiates successful professionals from the average person is how they handle their mistakes. While it is only natural to make excuses, the best thing you can do is to admit your error and fix it. And if the fault could leave a dent on your reputation, find a way to mitigate its effects.
8. Embrace Positivity
In your walk to career success, it is easy to be negative, especially when things are not going as planned. Being negative brings you and everyone around you down. The key to stepping away from any negative energy is always to stay focused and to believe in your capabilities.
9. Never Allow Yourself to Feel Stuck
It can be easy for you to feel stuck in a certain position or company when you are trying to climb up the career ladder if you are not progressing in the right way. Even though you remain passionate about your career path, this does not mean that you have to be stuck in a position that you are no longer comfortable with. Although making changes to something you are satisfied with can be tough, you can always re-consider when you feel as though things aren’t going as planned.
10. Reward Yourself
Always take some time off to enjoy your accomplishments, especially right after you accomplish a short-term goal. Rewarding yourself will undoubtedly help you keep your plans fresh and provide you with the much-needed momentum to keep you inspired.
Looking at the tips shared here, one thing that stands out is that a successful career is not just about what you do but how you do things. These tips or habits apply to professionals in any field. Of course, you also need to have some mental stamina to cope with the demands that come with a Development career path.