A Job or a Career
A job is something you do for a living. A career is a long-term
process in which you become more and more valuable as a professional.
Therefore, for a career, you need to plan for next year, 5 years
from now, and 10 years from now, etc.
Large companies usually have career development plans for employees.
You should discuss with your manager about your career plan, and
try to get approval for trainings needed for you to get there. In
smaller companies, you may not have much time for training. Then
you have to learn on the job, or on your own. To advance your career,
you can try to get promoted on your original position, to get a
higher position in a different department of the same company, or
get a better position in a different company.
Survive the Corporate Life
Integrity Employers nowadays don't expect too much of your
loyalty. But they do need your integrity. Integrity means following
all corporate policies, as well as business and legal rules. For
example, if you have access to sensitive information, don't disclose
it to anyone who should not know it.
Working with Your Boss You need to have good working relationship
with your supervisor. Understand what's important to him. Try to
make his life easier, and make him look good. Use your strength
to compliment his weakness. Let him know your opinions. Update him
about where you are with the tasks. When the boss asks you to do
something, unless you can convince him that it's not the right thing
to do, do it quickly and do it well.
Working with People Try not to only work on things. It's
very important to build a good working relationship with the people
around you. Know who to go to for the different things you need
in your job. Also be ready to help people whenever you can. Encourage
people to come to you for the things that your are responsible for.
Understand the Business You need to know how your company
is making money, and how your job is related to the business. Understand
the "core competency" your company needs to build to stay
in business and how you fit in.
The way to become outstanding is, well, to stand out. When
opportunity shows up, and you think you are the right person for the
job, stand out. Otherwise, the job may go to a less qualified person,
which is bad for everyone. Also, volunteer for public services, if
you have time. This will give you more opportunities to interact with
people, and to know things that are happening around you, which can
be very important for you to understand your working environment at