What is ‘Professional’

Adding value to your self is the cornerstone to achieving success. What matters the most when it comes to important career need is the emotional strength of an employee to take both highs and lows in their stride. Understanding one’s profession thoroughly is the most important aspect. If you are clear about what you are supposed to do, setting goals and achieving them becomes a lot easier. However, that should not deter you from knowing the overall picture.

Know your profession inside out. You must know the technical details along with the bigger picture and future directions of your field. Keeping yourself updated with the latest developments is a must in order to do well in your chosen field. You should aspire to become an expert in your field, and that itself will be highly regarded, as well as intrinsically advanced your career goal because you will know you trade better than most other people.

There is no denying the fact that self-learning is of utmost importance if you want your career to head in a positive direction. Ask yourself-what have you done to continue learning and improving your skill sets? Learning that comes out of the trial and error method remain with you forever and nothing can substitute self learning.

Multi-Tasking and Time Management:

Employers today want employees who can work on multiple tasks and deliver on time, thus stressing on the importance of multi-tasking and time management. Here are few pointers that may help you develop these important skills:

* Write down your tasks and prioritise them. Think of the most effective ways of achieving the desired results.
* Write down appointments, classes and meetings in a chronological log book or chart.
* If you are more visual, sketch out your schedule. Make it a routine to check the schedule every morning.
* Use a monthly chart so that you can plan ahead. Long term planners can serve as an effective tool for managing your schedule.

While setting goals for your self be realistic and ask yourself if they are conducive and achievable. After all, just putting your plans on a paper and not materializing them are of no use. First, identify your long-term goals. Then break them down into short-term and intermediate goals that will help you achieve them with ease.

Being self-motivated on a job is a challenge, as it does not come easily due to distractions that crowd, the thought process which can stem from job stress, familial problems, health issues, etc. Self motivation can be classified into two parts: ability and feelings. While ‘ability’ implies the confidence you have in yourself, ‘feelings’ is all about how you see yourself. Looking down at oneself and feeling helpless can only lead to destruction. It is important to be surrounded by a positive vibe and not suppress your feelings.

Handling distractions comes with practice. Keep identifying what hinders your focus at work and experiment with ways of overcoming them. Remember, although you may seek guidance, only you can discover what you need to do. What works for one individual, may not be as effective for the other.

The courage to handle criticism and the desire to excel should be a part of the daily work culture. Also with the nature of work activity getting increasingly integrated, employees are required to work in close synergy with teams that can be very disparate. All this requires egos to be kept at bay.

Having a vision helps you navigate through a lot of corporate hurdles. If your company has a vision statement, follow it. As an employee you should understand the importance of this vision and embrace it as your own. The vision is your yardstick for success, a target for focus and a horizon for purpose.

Last but not the least, being organized at work pays rich dividends. It saves time and prevents stress and helps you accomplish more tasks within a less time span. Try to make your work environment clutter free and never waste time on trivialities.

Identifying your career needs may not be as difficult as you imagine. If you simply take the time to contemplate your career decisions and your goals, the answer may very well present itself to you. It’s advisable to have a short-term and long-term plan, which takes account of your career needs within the next five years and thereafter in the long run as well. This plan should be revived periodically to incorporate new itineraries regarding your job and your personal circumstances.