|FROM NOW TO WOW|
|– Four Steps To Build Your Dream Career|
A new year is a natural opportunity to take stock of the skills, accomplishments and experience that have brought you to NOW in your career. It is also an opportune time to think about your WOW career – your dream career in which you are earning well, and also enjoying professional success and great fulfilment.
Once you have described your NOW and defined your WOW, to build your dream career is as simple as plotting the steps from NOW to WOW and then taking each step, one at a time.
|Here are some helpful tips for each step|
|1. Describe Your NOW|
What qualifications do you have? What skills and experience do you have? What accomplishments and successes are you most proud of? Which aspects of your work do you enjoy the most? What would you like to be more involved in? Where would you add the most value?
|2. Define Your NOW|
Allow yourself to dream big. What are you earning? Where do you do your work? What position do you hold? Who do you work with? What exciting projects are you working on? What successes, accomplishments and contributions have you enjoyed? How does your work fit into and enhance your lifestyle?
|3. Plot the steps|
Now determine what you need to get from NOW to WOW. What do you need to achieve over the next year, three years and five years to make your dream career a reality? Write down five big goals, and two or three action steps under each goal, each with an achievable time frame.
Most likely you need to increase your knowledge and skills or obtain a qualification – almost always, higher earnings and senior positions require greater skills and higher qualifications. Fortunately, it can be a very rewarding experience to study in today’s world of online and distance learning, which makes studying affordable, convenient and achievable, even if you are balancing both work and studies.
|4. Take the next step|
Now take the first step on your list, and then the next and the next, always keeping your ultimate goal – your WOW career – top of mind. Reminding yourself of your dream career before tackling each step will keep you focussed and motivated.
|At the Academy of York, we are all about helping people achieve their WOW by making it affordable and convenient to get the qualifications and skills they need. Speak to our student advisors who will gladly assist you to plot the steps to your WOW and provide fanatical support every step of the way.|