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How to Manage Your Career
A career is the progress through life in various work situations. Generally it has a positive meaning, in other words it refers to successive positions that have an upward moving feel. In the olden days it used to be only retrospective, but in today's rushing lifestyle we must plan forward, if not with career counseling than just by ourselves. If women want a good solid career in their life and they want children they must plan well in advance.
The biggest challenge in your career will probably be to make the right choices to move on. When you have a stable job at a company but currently no room at the top for promotion you may get a job offer from somewhere else, promising a higher position. Even if the offered job is stable you have a serious situation as moving on may not be the best choice, who knows really? Therefore apart from the actual effectiveness you work and how well you do what you do you also have to be able to bring coherent and good decisions in your life to have a hope of an escalating career.
To be able to make the right decisions you have to be able to assess yourself, and all other parties involved in your decision. It is very important that you don't try to take a wild guess without thinking. Try to sit down and go over all the options you have and their good and bad consequences. You will most probably never have a 100% sure decision to make, but at least you will be as well informed as can be.
For some people career planning is far simpler than for others. If you have a sports career you have a relatively easy job, in terms of planning at least. If you made the cut and can compete in the Olympics you don't say no because it's no the right decision. For athletes the career choices can be said to be of smaller magnitude, but overall just as important. Who the athletes coach is, what types of practices, muscles he/she works on, etc.
For someone working at a multinational corporation the decisions can be more painful sometimes. The usual goal there is to go upwards in the hierarchy, the actual field of work is not important as someone in purchasing can probably get along in the marketing department too if he i capable enough. When confronted with career decisions, e.g. a different company offers a higher position, you have to consider other things. The company you are currently at may honor your loyalty, but perhaps they don't have any job openings. Perhaps you like the atmosphere better here and that ultimately leads to you being better at what you do, leading to imminent promotion. This is the point where careful assessment rears its ugly head and you must work towards making an as informed decision as possible.
To help you in your journey through work life various career planning and management companies have been set up. These are organizations that teach you skills that are needed for successful interviews, give you tips for decision making, hold workshops and so on. They may also give you tips for retirement, searching for work, market positions, if you are unsure about what to do you may contact them.