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path will probably not be a smooth arc, but more likely a somewhat
unpredictable series of events punctuated by moments of decision.
Adaptability is a good quality to develop since change is constant.
You can start by being mindful of the career stages that you are
likely to go through. Whatever knowledge you have, the day will
come when you'll need
to bend in the current to overcome obstacles.
Knowing what to expect from a career can save you from disappointment.
Early on you will be expected to learn the ins and outs of your
organization and its culture. It is often expected that you are
supposed to work hard to earn respect.
The first stage in your career is the transition from school to
work. The nature of the transition will depend on your previous
work experience (summer jobs, co-ops, internships), what you learn
from your mentors and network, and the organizational culture you
join. Some companies provide a training program to facilitate this
Experimentation and risk are essential elements of an active career; they
add excitement. But they also mean occasional setbacks. The challenge
is to look at events that have turned differently than planned and
to learn from them. Setbacks may not be enjoyable, but you can use
these inevitable short-term occurances to gain valuable insight
and turnthem into long-term gains.
Not only is change constant, it's good. You would never get anywhere
without change. Most change is slow and incremental. It's always
important to stay flexible by cultivating a range of interests and
skills so that you can adapt to the unforeseen. Security comes not
from a "permanent" job, but from knowing how to benefit
- Technology - Increasing speed and complexity
of information and communication technology; emergence of biotechnology,
- Economics - Increased competition, cost consciousness in all economic
- Politics - Globalization, industrialization of countries around
- Culture and Society - Restructuring the concept of work; shifting
- Environment - Conservation and preservation of natural habitats;
dwindling natural resources
unfold in an orderly progression of one success after another. Part
of being adaptable is being able to bend without breaking. Disappointments,
even failures are inevitable; they provide the most intense learning
experiences. Adaptability means altering your expectations and desires
to fit reality.
Having A Life:
A career demands time and sacrifice even as it offers rewards and
satisfaction. Learning how to keep a balance between work and home
is a survival skill everyone needs to learn. Having a life can be
the key to professional as well as personal success. Tunnel vision
is one of the dangers
which you may face if you let things get too far out of balance.
Cultivating interests outside of your career usually helps you both
at home and at work - employers actually prefer workers who are
well-rounded and socially adjusted. For those trying to acheive
early success, however, some sacrifice may be necessary. Sometimes
for some people, putting life on hold for a period of time is OK
if that is the price to be paid for reaching a career goal. The
point is you should be aware of your priorities. Make reasonable
compromises. Remember that having a successful career is only one
part of having a successful life.
Tunnel vision is one symptom of losing your balance between work
and life outside of it. It can prevent you from acknowledging contradictory
data, stifle creativity, and hurt job performance as well as your
Don't confuse tunnel vision with focus. Focus is a skill involving
shutting out extraneous stimuli in order to accomplish a particular
objective. However, when work time is over, do something you enjoy,
something else about which you are passionate. You need sources
of outside inspiration to continue to be productive in your career.
Often, creative solutions come from unexpected perspectives, the
opposite of tunnel vision.