It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out in your career or a veteran of your field, you probably know by now that there is always room for improvement. But many employees new and old are making these 3 deadly career mistakes, limiting their ability for growth and future success.
Take a hard look at your own career trajectory and focus. Are you guilty of these?
#3: Lacking Goals
It’s okay to be ‘content’ in the job that you have now, but there is a difference between being content and being complacent. Too many employees become complacent in their current place of work or position and lack a clear goal for their future.
Is this you? If so, don’t worry: you can fix it, no matter where you are in your career! Sit down with a pen and paper and write a list of career goals for yourself. It is upper management? Your own company? Maybe even early retirement?
Whatever the goals, lay them out and then make a plan to work towards them. Becoming complacent in your current situation will only leave you treading water, never moving forward.
#2: Grass is Always Greener Syndrome
We no longer live in the age of our parents, where people stay at the same job for 35 years and then retire. Studies show the average worker changes jobs every 3 to 5 years, and that’s totally normal! But are you jumping around without reason or goal? That’s a problem.
Evaluate just why you want to leave your current job, or what is driving you to change directions. Maybe you really are unhappy at your place of work and want something more. But maybe it is you thinking that a different environment will provide a different outcome, and that isn’t always true.
Growth isn’t about finding new challenges or opportunities for yourself but finding the right ones that fit your life and ultimate goals. If you find yourself job hopping with little focus, why don’t you revisit #3 on this list and put your goals in order. Find out what your ultimate career goals are, and the best moves to make in order to achieve that.
#1: You’ve Stopped Investing in Your Greatest Asset: You
You are by far the greatest asset you have. Maybe you have gotten comfortable in your role, or confident in your ability to do it and stopped learning. This is the deadliest mistake you can make for your career.
Never stop learning. There is always going to be something you don’t know how to do or new ways to do something you already do. Learn them.
Get certifications in your field. Listen to Ted Talks or attend conferences with other professionals. Keep up with industry changes and trends. When you do this, you become not just an employee of a company but an asset that they need. And if it does come time to move along to greener pastures, you will command a higher price on the market.