BOOM! ... And then BUST!
The stock market has done it. So has the housing market. And perhaps so will your career if you’re not careful.
Here are five tips for upcoming college graduates — or for any one with a career — that might prevent that. They are from my new book “The BOOM! BOOM! Book: Practical tips to make sure your career doesn’t go BUST!
Keep the right person happy
The Person You Have to Keep Happy in Your Life is YOU! In your career, make sure you’re doing something you want to do, not what others want you to do. If you find something you care passionately about, you have a much better chance of success. True happiness isn’t measured by the number of zeroes on your pay stub.
Complaining vs. fundamental differences
In any job there’s going to be complaining. You are overworked, there are not enough resources, there’s not enough time. You might as well accept that. The real issue is if you have a fundamental or philosophical difference with the way the company is being run. Then you have two choices: accept it or leave. It’s that simple.
Bosses are human, too
Employees often forget that their bosses are human, too, with the same feelings and same insecurities that the employees have. Make sure you give positive feedback to your boss when he or she has helped you. Your boss is eager to know whether what he or she said or did made a difference. Your boss also will be more inclined to help you out again.
Be willing to change
It’sextremely important to continue to learn new things and expand your talents. The skills you might need in five years are skills you might not possess today. People who want to evolve and succeed are those who will figure out how to get the needed skills. They are people who won’t just depend on their company to provide that training. They are proactive, seeking training opportunities and keeping up through reading and conversations about the latest technology.
Your boss isn’t a mind reader (neither are you!)
Bosses won’t know what you want out of your career unless you tell them.
That’s why it is important to discuss with them your aspirations and how you would like to see your career progress. Keep in mind: you need to present it as how – with additional responsibilities -- you can be more valuable to the company. In the end, your boss and your company are more interested in what’s in it for them, than what’s in it for you. The person who your career means most to is you. Putting yourself in the position to get what you want is up to you. If you wait to get knighted, it could be a long night.
Michael Ryan is the author of The BOOM! BOOM! Book: Practical tips to make sure your career doesn’t go BUST! available at www.theboomboombook.com. He will be doing a talk/book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd., No. 101, Scottsdale.