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Advancing in your career isn’t generally something that just happens, it’s something you plan and intentionally decide to do. We have the choice to either whine about our careers not going the way we want and not moving forward in our various job or business fields, or, we can decide to take control of our careers, and through intentional actions, increase our success and influence. You have the ability to take control of your career and your own advancement!

Here are five effective ways to take charge of your career

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1. Determine where you want your career to go in the future

If, for example, you’re 25 years old now, your long-term career goals could well be different from the goals you had set when you were 20. So it’s healthy to keep the long-term view in mind no matter how many times you change direction. Aim for jobs that can help you reach your long-term goal.

2. Develop Yourself Continually & Purposefully.

Craft a personal career development plan and ensure that you are developing your skills continually to stay on track. Seek out learning opportunities that excite you, and not only ones that are for your job. While you’re at it, remember to do something to enhance your creativity such as a writing course or photography course or an art class.

3. Say “Yes” to Opportunities.

By fearing failure and saying NO to opportunities, we let our fears dictate our lives, rather than our desires and aspirations. So, make sure that you say “Yes” to new opportunities that will grow, challenge, scare, and enrich you. By taking risks, you will open more doors for yourself.

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4. Ask for What You Want.

Sometimes, you have to ask for it. If you see something, don’t expect it will be there for you or it will be given to you.  If you believe that you are ready for promotion, then ask for one, or ask what you need to do to be promoted. If you want a higher salary, ask for it.  But whatever you’re asking for, make sure that you are intentional about it; be clear about what you want. You might not always get a yes, but at least you asked; you’ll never know if you don’t ask.

5. Network

Make time to build and nurture your relationships. Networking is super super important and is a major way to advance and grow in your career. When you go to places or events, speak to people, collect contact information, give them your elevator pitch. But remember – networking isn’t one-side; so, before you approach anyone, consider what you can offer them or how you can assist them in their career, or business.

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: #Motivationalmonday – Subtle Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Career

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