In many ways, a person’s practical education doesn’t begin until his or her formal schooling ends. You’ll often find that college didn’t necessarily teach you all the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the workplace. Whether you’re on your first job or your tenth, be aware of these “secret” tips:
• You can do things quicker than you think. Don’t let the law that says “work expands to fill the time you’re given to do it” rule your life. Being given a five-day deadline doesn’t mean you have to take the whole week to complete a project. Impress the people around you by beating your deadlines as often as you can.
• Giving up control can make you stronger. You’ll often be tempted to do things on your own because you don’t trust others to do it right. In the long run, though, you’ll burn yourself out and alienate the people whose help you need by trying to control every detail. Learn to collaborate and delegate instead of obsessing about every detail.
• You need to keep moving. You don’t necessarily have to change jobs every few years, but you should at least move within your organization to avoid career stagnation. Even a lateral move can bring you into contact with different people who can help you, and it will teach you more about your industry than you’d learn in one position once you’ve mastered it.
• You have to know your boss. Understanding your job may get you hired, but understanding your boss’s priorities is what gets you promoted. You don’t need to become a wizard at flattery and manipulation, but you should support your managers and their objectives. Do your best to help them achieve their goals, and they’ll be more inclined to help you with yours.
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