Want to have your very own island? Want to drive the most expensive car money can buy? The days of climbing up the career ladder are gone. In this generation, it’s hard to even know which way is up. Because the world has become so competitive, here are some tips to get ahead in your career.


 

  1. It is always good to make a list of your goals before you plan your day. What do you want to achieve by the end of the day? And when you’ve achieved your goals, don’t stop there, always push yourself further.
  2. Stay focused on your tasks. Make sure you’ve gotten enough sleep on the previous day, and make sure you’ve had your breakfast and a refreshing drink. If you’re too tired, take a power nap, or go grab a bite.
  3. Nothing remains the same and so do job requirements. Keep yourself updated. Seek improvement all the time. There’s never an end to education.
  4. Attend functions, go for parties. Don’t lock yourself up in your room and watch dramas all night. Make some good connections, you never know when they could be of help in the future.
  5. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you think you deserve something like a promotion, grab it. Don’t sit for days thinking about it, it will only leave you in doubt.
  6. Challenge yourself everyday, but also accept challenges. Through challenges you will reach areas of your personality you have never discovered before. It is always good to sometimes step away from your comfort zone and explore new things.
  7. Communicate. Learn how to give and receive constructive feedback. Be liked among your co-workers. Help them out, and they will help you.
  8. Another important tip is to avoid gossip about your colleagues and your boss. However disrespectful they could be, be the better. Work for the good of the company.
  9. Take some time off. Go on a holiday, get a hobby. It’s always good to relax on the weekends to boost your productivity during weekdays.
  10. If you don’t like what you’re doing, try to make it interesting. Spice it up a little. Transform it into something you love. If you’re unsuccessful, you may want to consider doing something different.

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Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company’s Youth Leadership Academy.

Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.