There is no pre-set rules or text books available that can guide a young graduate to succeed in his corporate career. He merely needs to know what he truly desire and have a strong determination to reach his goal. Without it, it is unlikely anyone can succeed, even if he is blessed with a lot of good luck along the way. In addition, he needs to stay focus and consistent in his pursuit and not be distracted no matter what.
Keeping focused on your goal means that we’re purposely fading out everything that pulls you away from your goal. It’s a disciplined lifestyle of choosing to see every struggle throught the lens of a single mindedness pursuit.
Focus on your goal, not your proble. Listen to your heart, not your insecurities. Don’t focus on your adversaries instead focus on possibilities. Understanding the bigger picture and the purposes. Take a break and celebrate every little success that come your way. Reward yourself once you have completed a task and repeat the same with a bigger reward when you achieve a bigger task in the future. Keep doing it and be persistent.
At the end of the day, one also need be pragmatic and if need be to adjust your goal in line with the latest development, trend and changes in the market. For example, it be suicidal to still pursue a career in film based photography in light of digital era and son on.
Dare to network from a very young age. Join in for social events and seminars. Collect contacts and keep in touch
Be curious and explore what is out there
Be “seen” in the social networks to keep others informed of your availability and progress constantly
Dare to reach out to senior level people, even if they don’t notice you
Focus on investing / creating a name for yourself where your skills set are sought after and notice
Avoid being a generalist, but rather a specialist where your skills are unique and become more valuable as you ages
Many of Robert’s peers that progress usually do not depend on job applications or headhunters but rather on ex colleagues and ex bosses who are impressed with their skills while they were together. You be surprised how one can quickly climb the corporate ladders bypassing the need to wait for the next long list of grades purposely created to slow down the progress of any employee because of this “connection” built over the years.