Most are born with the relentless pursuit of the American Dream. And if you are not born that way, make that your dream. The best way to live the American Dream is to have a solid career goal in mind. There is no doubt that people who have clearly defined goals are more likely to achieve them than those who do not have those goals. Listen to your heart, find your talent, and make a plan for action.
Building your career dreams require careful planning. There are many tools you should consider as you pursue your goals. There is a lot to be said about pursuing your master’s degree. While that certainly will not hurt, there are other tools available that are less expensive and less complicated. You can add to your career hopes by studying books and using tutorials available online. You can add to your resume by taking short term courses with certification test. Also, your current job can provide you with solid training and experience that certainly enhances any resume. Consider your financial situation and availability and run with it. You should always be adding regular updates to your skills and knowledge.
Ask, listen and learn. There is a lot to be said about being a good listener. Listen to your co-workers, your boss, your superiors, your parents. You can learn a lot from their experience. Ask about issues that interest you and listen. Learn about how things work and always ask how you can improve.
Your current employment can be your best place to launch your career goals. Nothing is ever really free but if you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities that will go take you far, especially if you are looking for positive references and referrals. Ask your supervisor or superiors what you can do. Offer help where help is needed. If you prove to be a valued employer you will be considered when promotions and opportunities occur.
It always goes without saying and this advice is mentioned in almost every career building blog, but it is imperative to build your network. Did you know that 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks? Career networks are also good places to discover future careers and explore new trends.
Always be prepared. There is no way of knowing “what tomorrow brings”. Your dream job may appear at any time without your prior knowledge of its arrival. Prepare for it by having everything you need to meet it full on without hesitation. Have a solid resume always prepared.
Don’t let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now. If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.