What’s the key to a successful career for yo...

What’s the key to a successful career for you?

We all have our own visions of what success looks like. But that also means that we all know what we want to achieve when it comes to having a successful career. Most of the time, it’s what’s going to make us feel accomplished and happy. So what will it take to make that happen for you? Have you ever really thought about what the one key thing towards having a career that you love is? It’s definitely going to be different for everyone, but it’s also time to work out what that factor actually is. Then, when you know what will make your career feel like the ultimate success, you can work towards making it happen. So let’s consider some options.

  1. Being Your Own Boss

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be in charge? If you’ve always dreamt of having your own business, a stunning office space, and a business that you love, then why not start to work on that now? Even if you don’t feel ready, you could start something on the side. Because every business needs to start somewhere. Huge companies weren’t always just born. Or maybe you just want to have a smaller freelance setup? Either way, when you know you want to be your own boss, you’ll want to work on that today.

  1. Great Prospects

Or maybe you love the idea of climbing the corporate career ladder? When this is the case, you have to know that the career path you’re on has good prospects. When you want to progress, you should come up with ways to advance your career. Because like the idea of being your own boss, if you want to be in a certain position in five or ten years time, you have to work backward from that goal and work out what you need to start doing to make it happen today.

  1. The Option To Travel

If travel is what you’re looking for and your current career path doesn’t offer this, then it’s time to make a change. Research what kinds of career will allow you to travel more, then come up with a career plan or business idea that will allow that to happen.

  1. The Industry You’re In

But at the same time, it may be the kind of industry you’re in that matters to you the most. So if you love the kind of job that you’re doing but not the industry itself, then why not think about the experience you need to get to then be able to move over into the right industry?

  1. The Work You Do

Or finally, maybe it’s the kind of work that you’re doing. Maybe you want to make a difference in the world, or invent something, or help others? When this is the case, you’ll really want to make sure that you’re doing a job that you love. Even if this means that you need to change your path or take a pay cut, it will be worth it. Remember, you define your own success – no matter what that looks like. So if the work you do matters, then make it count.

*Photo at the top of the page by rawpixel on Unsplash


Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".


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