‘If wishes were horses, beggars will ride’. Everyone on a particular career path always wishes to have a successful career. However, not everyone who wishes ends up having a successful career.

The reason they don’t in most cases is not because they are short of the required passion and drive, the reason is because they don’t know ‘the hows’ of building a successful career.

In this piece are highlighted how one can build a successful career:

Research/Never stop Learning: In life, you will never stop learning. No one person has an infinite amount of knowledge about a subject. To be successful in your career, you must understand this and be willing and open to learn, unlearn and relearn the things you thought you knew or really do not know.

Work/think Outside The Box: nothing is new under the sun, but there are ideas and concepts that have never before crossed the boundaries of one profession into another. To stand out in your chosen field, you must be able to challenge yourself to think outside the box, push the boundaries of the norm and go to uncharted territories no one in your field has ever gone before.

Have a Career goal: Goals help you focus to reach a particular achievement. When trying to build a successful career, make your short term and long term career goals to guide your progress. This will help you keep in track and set on the heights you are aiming to achieve.

Acquire new skills: A successful career will thrive on skills you have built along the way. Actively search for and learn new skills, both the ones related to your profession or outside of it. No skill is useless or unnecessary. So take dancing/acting/singing lessons, learn to cook or how to play an instrument. Dedication and practice in one skill will help focus in other professional areas of your life.

Networking: In building a career, you need to meet and network with other participants of that field to exchange professional knowledge and information so as to keep you up to date and in the loop of occurrences and happenings in the profession.

Mentorship: Find an older and experienced professional in your field whose work you can follow and learn from. Mentors teach everything from experiences gained practicing the craft to advice and guidelines on steps to take and decisions to make. Once you then become successful in your own career, you will eventually become a mentor as well.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.