Information is power. Having the right information helps us to act correctly in any given situation. It may be right to adopt the “Whatever will be will be” attitude in some instances, but you cannot afford to rely on that when it comes to career development. What then should be the attitude of an individual who seeks to experience career growth? The answer is getting the right knowledge. What knowledge does is that it sets you apart, clears up misconceptions and places you on a pedestal where you can take decisions from an informed position. Peter Drucker, a businessman, when he was alive said “Today, knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunities and advancement.”
The process of changing jobs or getting a new job requires a proactive attitude. The employment market is very competitive and it no longer possible to keep working in an organisation for many years without improving or adding value to yourself. You either grow or get out; you cannot remain stagnant. All organisations are looking for people who will proffer solutions to their challenges. Being a solution to any organisation requires knowledge. The following tips will guide you on how to get the right knowledge to boost your career.
1. Get Rid of Misconceptions
Misconceptions about career development is a major factor that has kept many people stagnant in their career. They have the wrong information as regards certain jobs and careers. These are pieces of information they probably got from friends or aggrieved employees who weren’t successful in such a career path. Over time the information they acquired becomes so engraved on their minds that it becomes difficult for them to absorb the right information. What we conceive in our hearts and thoughts often determines our attitude and actions. So, misconceptions will produce an attitude and actions that will work against your prospects of achieving the desired growth in your career. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
2. Research the Job
As commonplace as this tip is, only a few people pay attention to it. Researching a particular job role or an organisation gives you information about the role/organisation. It even goes as far as equipping those still in college with relevant information on what course they should focus on and other important information they need to succeed in such a career path.
For instance, a student in college who is studying to be a journalist cannot be spending his time on being perfect in numerical analysis. He should rather focus more on perfecting his syntax before gunning for the desired job. For someone seeking employment, what it does for you, is that it helps you to speak from an informed position when you attend the interview.
In fact, if you do your research very well, you will be able to understand the ideology behind the establishment of such organisation. For someone trying to change jobs, what research on the job does for you is that it tells you about the culture in such organisation. Every organisation has a unique culture and an insight into such culture gives you information you can work with during the interview.
3. Check out the organisation and seek employees’ opinion
This is not a popular position as most j seekers will tell you that they don’t need to get to an organisation to get information from employees working there. They are usually of the opinion that they would rather meet a friend, a neighbour or a family member that is working in such organisation to get the information. Whichever way, I advise that you seek the opinion of an employee working in your target organisation or desired career path. However, please never seek the opinion of a disgruntled worker, because such person might discourage you or even give you information that will over time form misconceptions on your mind. Seeking the opinion of an employee in an organisation will tell you about the structure and other information about the organisation which might not be available to the public. This will give you an advantage during the interview process.
4. Take relevant courses
Today, employers would rather employ someone who has undergone relevant training about the job than someone waiting to be trained. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that organisations don’t want to employ someone who is yet to be trained. But the facts remain that an unemployed person who has prepared himself by attending relevant trainings will stand a better chance. Such individuals create a better impression which tells the employer that are proactive and resourceful.
In conclusion, I leave you with this proverb from the Good Book: “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” You need the right information to boost your career.