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Four Common Career Misconceptions

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A lot of young people have a lot of questions and misconceptions about developing a career and how to go about it. Most people end up allowing life happen to them without giving wings to the ideas they have to fly. It is important to debunk certain mindsets and ideas in order to develop a career that is fulfilling at the same time impact filled. These ideas that have been passed on from generation to generation like a family heirloom need to be done away with. Some of the misconceptions you need to watch out for include:

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5 ways to kickstart your career

Aku is a very recent undergraduate from a prestigious university who graduated with first class (Hons.), she met some very successful entrepreneurs in her industry who were taken with her mannerisms and excellent interpersonal skills and thus offered her employment anytime she felt she was ready. Before her national service placement came, she had already decided on one of the companies whose offer she received and now she’s working with a pay slightly higher than what her colleagues are receiving. The money is good, but she’s always confused because she’s not so sure she would like to stay on in the industry.  

 Felix, on the other hand, graduated with a second class and got posted to an institution where it’s more or less like he’s not needed. But he needs the monthly GHS 350.00 allowance offered him, so he drags himself to work each day and spends the whole day texting and social mediaing(if that’s even a word) all day. He doesn’t see the need to redeem his time and use the free internet access to do something useful.  

 Kaysi, also a fresh graduate with second class lower has been fortunate enough to be posted to a company that makes use of his degree, even though they stretch his personal skills and abilities. In his mind, everything is sorted now, so he comes to work late, leaves early and yet gets his work done well and mostly on time. After all, his expertise is required and he’s assured of a place in the company after completing his one-year mandatory service.

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Watch Your Brand

Day in and day out, we meet people. Some end up becoming great friends, others business partners and yet others, investors in your business. And oh, some actually become the better half(life-time PIC). Human as we are, it’s next to impossible to know exactly how someone would influence you or the kind of relationship you would develop with them during your first meeting. Regardless, this very first meeting usually determines how far any relationship you develop with the person goes.Hence the first impression you make on anyone you meet is very important.

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HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF ANY OPPORTUNITY

It is common to come across boys and girls, men and women who admire people who have made it. Some of these admirers are people seeking to unearth the potential that lies within them, it is therefore normal for them to look up to those who have already begun and made a mark in that arena. However, I find that, most people are usually not prepared to be take the opportunities head on, they get attracted to these successful people and yet lack the grit to make the most of the mentoring or assistance opportunities they’d receive from these successful people. A number of proteges are just delighted to be associated with their mentors(who are prominent figures in the society), all they ever think on is how to broadcast it to their friends and social media, how they know so-so-and-so. I’ve been in touch with people who have been spurred to action  by a particular writing of mine and decided to make changes to their lives: soliciting my help to do that. We keep at it for a day or two and that’s it, I no longer hear from them. It amazes me sometimes how the person who seemed all passionate and ready to learn just disappears. I must admit that I’ve been that kind of protege before, giving up because I felt my mentor wasn’t reaching out enough to me. It’s only after I experienced similar situations  that I have well understood how things work. If you truly want to make the most of opportunity, for that matter, any assistance or mentoring that comes your way, you should consider these steps and keep them in mind before even seeking the help you are convinced you need to tackle an opportunity.

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Build Your Confidence

My blogging journey has been one delightful one, starting out as an amateur both in writing and blogging. I had no idea I could write articles that people will enjoy reading. Writing poetry was even much more of a bigger deal to me, but one year down the lane, I can say I’ve conquered and I’m still growing and learning.  Having grown up in a society that indirectly teaches you to play down compliments in hopes of being humble/modest, it’s very unnatural for young people to venture to carry their talents to a different pedestal, talk less of having confidence in what they can do or who they are. Gifts keep reducing to ashes as the embers of confidence die out gradually in most young people. Solutions that could bring marvelous changes to society are drowned in the sea of lack of self confidence, with no life buoy to keep these gifts afloat. There is the need to grow confident in who you are and what you carry. I share my journey of building my confidence both as a writer and a blogger. This journey has opened my eyes to see life in much more brighter colors, I can now hold my own; not because I have all knowledge, but just because I’ve learnt to believe in myself and what I carry. Seeing the results have also motivated me to keep driving myself to seek more.

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