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Five Tips to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Career

There has never been a better time to carve your career path. Construction allows you to structure your development and growth plan to align with your professional and personal goals. The opportunities are endless, and the market is hot for young professionals looking to break into the industry.

With over a decade’s worth of experience in recruiting and talent development, I’ve taken note of keystone habits successful people take early in their careers. It all starts with big picture thinking from day one, and your future self will thank you for the actions you take today.

Set your career path up for success with these five tips.

  1. Resist defining the day you retire early in your career. Instead, pick an imaginable period of time — 1, 3, 5, 10, or 15 years from now — and outline what career success at that point means for you.
  2. Create objective-based steppingstones to achieve your desired career path. Don’t focus on status.
  3. Set an appropriate timeframe but remain flexible. Allow for contingency time based on your personal goals and events. Plan accordingly and be aware of life’s challenges along the way.
  4. Be honest with yourself. Make sure that your career path aligns with your own ambition.
  5. Don’t be afraid to start over or modify your career path. Revisit your end goal every 12 months at a minimum.

The goal is to ensure you pursue a rewarding career that offers a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to feel passionate about something. Always be curious and eager to learn.

It’s important to note failure can open doors and accelerate your career. Your career path won’t always be conventional, and the right mindset and plan will help you overcome obstacles you may face.

Kent Companies is moving fast. Now is the time to get on board as a young professional. Reach out to me if you’re interested in hearing how we help entry-level teammates flourish.