5 steps to make 2022 a breakthrough year in your career

5 steps to make 2022 a breakthrough year in your career

There are different career-building rules for young and experienced professionals, but there are a few universal ones. They'll help you if you're just joining a company, learning a new profession or going for a promotion.

Be honest

Many job seekers seek to leave a good impression of themselves during the interview. This is good and commendable. Present yourself at a high level, but never cheat. Be honest about where and who you've worked before, what responsibilities you've had, and why you want the new position.

Don't distort the facts. All details are checked in a minute. And if your employer catches you in a lie, you'll have to make excuses, apologize, and in the end, you'll not only end up in a fool's errand, but you'll ruin your opinion of yourself forever.

Take responsibility consciously

There is a widespread stereotype that when choosing a new field of work, the newcomer will be paid little. This is not always true. We can call a beginner as a student who wants a part-time job, as well as an adult specialist who has come to learn a new profession. Perhaps the person already has experience and seniority, and he is not starting his career from scratch.

I believe that the scale of the individual is determined by the scale of the problem that can take him out of himself. There are problems in any activity, whether it's marketing, sales or recruiting. We all face challenges every day. And when you have experience behind you, it's hard to knock you off balance, and you methodically solve one problem after another - know this is your trump card. Because they pay us compensation for the responsibility we take on. Evaluate your potential. Honestly ask yourself: what risks am I capable and willing to take?

Climb the career ladder with humor

Today we lack a good, good, healthy sense of humor. Everyone is too serious, stressed, and results-oriented. But living in constant tension is difficult and unhealthy. Remember, all diseases come from nerves.

Try to treat yourself with irony, live and work with ease at heart, be able to laugh at the situation. If you think of people with whom you enjoy talking, it's likely that you laugh a lot with them. If you often joke at a meeting, it will help relieve psychological tension and reach mutual understanding faster.

The only nuance - do not make jokes about the interlocutor, especially if you have a business partner or future employer in front of you. It is better to humor them about the situation, about yourself, or about some distracted subject. We never know how someone we don't know will take jokes about themselves.

"Flexibility in learning is a key competency for the 21st century" 

Challenge yourself professionally. Try your hand at cross-functional projects. Take on new challenges. When something turns out well, it's great. When it doesn't work out, it's even better! Because with each challenge you get to know yourself better. You evaluate your abilities differently, you begin to better navigate your professional goals.

  • Be creative

Let me say right away that creativity is not necessarily blue hair and an earring in the nose. It is about the ability to see the situation from different sides, to apply non-standard solutions that will distinguish you from your colleagues. You will be noticed and heard.

  • Train Critical Thinking

How well you can distinguish fact from fiction, build cause-and-effect connections, and check facts determines your skill level. To develop critical thinking, it's important to be observant, to read a lot, to study, and to ask yourself all the time, "What's next?" and "What if?" This little exercise is great for pumping up your critical view of the world.

  • Engage in self-development

Learning agility, or learning agility, is all about constant development throughout life. You have to be inquisitive, learn new information, put into practice what fits the zeitgeist, and discard approaches that have lost relevance, that no longer fit you. Many studies confirm that learning agility is now considered one of the key competencies of the 21st century.

"You shouldn't confuse a career with changing positions"

The world in which we now live is constantly changing. What seemed relevant five years ago is rapidly becoming irrelevant. Professions are being automated. Robots and modern software are replacing humans. Do you need to train in digital skills today?

  • All competencies are equally important

Digital skills are certainly important for a modern specialist, especially working in an IT-company, but a deep study of technology is not fundamentally important to build a career. It's enough to have a good level of computer skills, to be able to communicate in a virtual environment, to organize your work there.

Let me give you an example of how a few years ago there was a huge demand to study programming. Everyone thought that the ability to write code would be a strong advantage for employment. Today, it has become clear that being able to use fairly simple programs is enough to create a digital product. It is possible to create websites without diving into the level of development - there are ready-made platforms and online services for this.

  • The main benchmark for success is the drive to work

Doing what you enjoy doing is the main sign that your compass is leading you down the right career path. It's important not to confuse your career with the process of changing positions that are written on your business card. Grades, money, and credentials are secondary signs that can subtly and cleverly steer a person away from the work they love and their true purpose.

"Claim boldly!"

Over the past few years, our company has cosmically expanded the horizons of opportunity for employees. Today Rostelecom has tasks and projects that give every employee a chance to prove himself. You just have to use them.

  • Your career is only in your hands

Be bold with your plans for advancement - grow with the greats and choose your own path and guide. Approach your supervisor and discuss your professional and career expectations with them. That's totally fine. If it's really important for you to grow and develop, make yourself known - you will absolutely be heard, supported.

  • Strive to become the best in your business.

The key to a successful career - love what you do, and do what you love. When a person wants to do something better, to gain new knowledge and apply it in practice, to exceed his expectations, to take up a new challenge without expecting any profits - this is the truest and correctest way to success.

The philosophy is simple: do your job well, be curious about new things, put your knowledge into practice, and generously share it with your environment. That's the secret!

"A career can also be built horizontally"

  • Don't be afraid to make mistakes

Don't be afraid of making mistakes - everyone makes them. It's better to gain life experience in the process of experimenting than to do nothing and then bemoan the missed opportunities. Sometimes those opportunities are right in front of our eyes, and we don't appreciate them.

  • Incorporate a healthy sense of adventure

In my opinion, every employee should have some inner "restlessness. This is an indicator that the person has not stopped in development, has not lost interest in work, he has an internal engine running at full speed, calling to strive for new goals and achieve them.

A career is not just a vertical story. A horizontal or cross-functional move can work to your advantage in the long run. Find the courage to be mobile: work in another region. Unfortunately, this is an opportunity many people miss. "If not in the capital, it's not interesting" - and after all, relocation can be the very springboard to new positions. In my memory there have been many successful cases where employees have moved within the country, worked in different branches and gained invaluable experience there, which subsequently helped them rapidly develop their career trajectory.