Is Your Career Going the Wrong Way Down a One Way Street?

We all have the occasional dark moment in which we feel as though our career is going in the wrong direction. I can clearly remember sitting in the office filing room one day and visualising myself stuck there in 30 years time doing the same boring things that I was doing then.

Thankfully I found a few tips for getting my career on the right track. The good news is that none of them are out of the reach of anyone who is determined to build a better future for themselves.

Get the Right Job

The first step to having a good career is getting the right job. It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, how many people do you know who complain about their work without making any effort to find something else? I was surprised to find myself drawn to a health and safety role and once I gave it a try I found that it provided all of the challenges I need. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea of course, but this is why we all need to find our own ideal career at some point. This might mean trying a few different roles until you find one which you are comfortable in and which you can imagine yourself doing for the foreseeable future.

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Get Trained

I needed to get professional training for my new role and therefore got myself on some courses as soon as possible. In my case this meant seeking out training titles such as OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001. The training you need will obviously differ depending upon the job you do but the important point here is that you need to find out what could help you. Training courses can be great places to learn new skills, ask a lot of questions and gain a higher degree of confidence in your own knowledge.

Keep Learning

Even once you have gone on all of the training courses which are suitable for you the learning doesn’t stop there. It is important that you keep on learning throughout the whole of your career. In some cases this could mean learning from your own experiences or it could mean picking up tips from a wiser, older colleague beside you. No one can ever know it all and so by being on the lookout always for new and interesting ways of learning, you can make sure that you give yourself every chance of carrying on improving and enjoying your work.

If you want to get trained up to do the best job possible then you should look at the OHSAS 18001 or whatever your role’s equivalent training is.

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