It is the time of the year again for us to review our year-long achievements, make our life plans and also financial goals in 2018. There are a lot of achievements for me to be proud of in 2017, however I can’t manage to tell every individual success in this post – will do only if I have time. Before we bid adieu to year 2017, let me share with you my own plan for 2018.
My Plan for 2018
1. Make a Career Change
If you no longer can find the passion to make a positive difference, even after doing your best, perhaps you are in the wrong field. It’s fine to start over or start again as long as you have thought through it thoroughly. Some of us who are lucky, find ourselves very early in life. You know exactly what you want in life and you know how to go get it. Those who are said to be unlucky are the ones who are always searching.
There’s no guarantee that it won’t fail. All I need is work hard, keep trying and tweaking over time. Get a resume makeover. Think of best answers to give for though interview questions. Employers are often very specific about the skills and experience they are seeking. They prefer to recruit someone who has a proven track record in their sector, which can make it tough to make changes in career path. To improve the chances of job success, it’s important to identify strengths and match them where possible to the needs of potential employers.
It’s rare to find a job immediately. We need to be financially and psychologically important to prepare for a job search that could take a few months longer. However, I will set myself a realistic time frame and do everything I can to stay positive. A career is like a marathon. You have to set realistic goals to know “what” you need to do to get to “where” you want to be.
The work environment can be a very competitive place. The ability to deliver the quality of work always becomes the key to success for employees. However, the most important thing is the attitude which will help an employer to evaluate how well they can communicate with their coworkers, superior, and clients in meeting the goals of project.
As a senior employee I always try to model a positive attitude. I had experienced with many obstacles, but in order to handle it very well I have to possess positive attitude all the while to make it next possible and to maintain/increase the work productivity. Not only that, we should always feel proud of what we had accomplished and optimistic about the future. With a positive attitude, you will grow more, achieve higher, and be a better friend. Thus, for me, attitude is everything.
When it comes to career advancement, our competency level and self-dedications are very important. For me, I will always try to gain as much as experience that I could to take it to the next level. Therefore, finding a challenging job which offering more room to grow and supports my work will help me in making a positive career move.
Besides that, we should always harness our courage to step out of comfort zone. By doing this, you must not be afraid to fail. For example, if you’re starting to feel not challenging in your current position, you may be ready to look for career advancement. This is to ensure that you can take control of your future and progress down the right career path wisely.
There’s once a time when I thought I’d pursue a career in financial planning as my main job after I changed from my career in the software engineering field to graphics design field. I’ve always been interested in providing financial related information to others. But it would take some time for me to study and take some certifications in order to become licensed financial planner. At that moment, I didn’t give up and found a new way which one step closer to achieve my dream — become a Financial Blogger!
However, i’m just the beginner in this field and need to always explore what kind of work a financial planner normally gets into. After 2 years being financial blogger, I have realized that the longer I stay in financial industry, the more easier in doing business.
After conducted a few survey about MBA course, I found that quite a great number of Malaysian do not agree that MBA can guarantee career success. Many said that the value of it is exaggerated.
I have few friends who graduated oversea and comes back to Malaysia to work and deserves the low pay. I can see that almost 50% of them rather prefer get posted to other countries like Singapore to work in MNCs. This is because they will be more appreciated and paid based on their qualifications.
However, most companies will pay more for a person who is ambitious, and a proven track record of performance or learning. I believe that if you’re young with MBA paired with reasonable work experiences, solid education and good communication skills then it’s extremely convincing proof of a potential performer.