5 Areas of Focus and Expectation For Career Success

What are you hoping for in your career path? Big raises? Name recognition? The right title? Those are great hopes! None of those are the clear expectations that you should be concentrating on for career advancement. With the right planning, the things that you hope for will become your reality when you focus on these 5 important areas.

Career growth
Skills and Knowledge Development
Work-life Balance
Workplace Culture Adaptation
Job Security

Career Growth. One of the number one reasons that people leave their place of employment is because they felt as if they were in a dead end position. When you’re on a job interview, when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” this is a great time to convey your own career growth expectations. The question needs to be very specific and formed in a way that doesn’t seem like you’re not interested in the position that you’re interviewing for. You’re interviewing for a specific position that the company needs to have filled. Don’t give the impression you’re not going to be reliable to that position. Instead, know yourself and your own career goals to feel out the interviewer to see the company’s plan for expansion. And once you’re hired, proving your worth and dedication, brainstorm with your boss about what pieces the company could add to your career development.


Skills and Knowledge Development. One your way to solidifying your career, seminars, training and networking opportunities will be instrumental in reaching your career goals. Ask your boss what opportunities there are for training and professional associations you could make for the company. Learning new skills and enhancing your knowledge, becoming seen and knows as the expert in your field is the grease on the wheels to career success.


Work-Life Balance. There is no quicker way to feeling unhappy and dissatisfied with life than not making your personal life a priority. Work, satisfying work, checking those things off the career goal list? Great! But your life will quickly become unbalanced if you don’t put personal goals in the mix, every single day.

Workplace Culture Adaptation. Two words: Adapt and Adjust. Before you went out on that job interview, you checked out the website of the perspective employer to see if you it matched your own values, attitudes, and goals, right? When you walk into the job, you will be the newbie and there will be people who will give you attention just because you’re new. One lesson you should learn early on is that it is best to watch the people around you and learn the specific culture that you’ll be fitting in to. If you get off on the wrong foot with someone, correct it as soon as possible. More on that later. The point is, the world doesn’t revolve around you. The office culture was already there before you came to the company. They will expect you to fit in, not the other way around.

Job Security.  Job security is something that you can plan for, hope for, but nothing is ever guaranteed.  Anything can happen. but job security is something that you can try to achieve through learning to excel in your field. What you’ll find is that when it comes to job security, one of the greatest traits that will help you is when the company that you’re working for has both trust and confidence in you. When you do the things above, and are diligent about your ability to be someone people can count on in both word and deed, that’s when you are most likely to enjoy job security. There are circumstances where no one can have job security but a person that people can trust will take you a long way.

Learning how to set expectations will also help you keep focused on your career goals. And now that you know what goes into managing your expectations, the next article is about how to begin to think about the future of your career.