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Find out the career mistakes you should avoid

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The early years of a person's career plays a crucial role and creates a major impact on his life. We often find many youngsters complaining that their career is not moving forward. Here are a few career mistakes that any promising career person should take care to address before it becomes too late:

• Continuing in a job that is not teaching anything – Very often, many of us take a job just because we happened to get one. Once we start the job, we are reluctant to change because we are afraid of the change. Hence, even if we do not like the job or think that the job is not adding any value to our life, we continue to put in the required hours. This is quite dangerous. A job that does not challenge our capabilities and teach us new things is a sure career disaster.

• Being always available – Many youngsters believe that they should always be available for their bosses since it will make them indispensable. Unfortunately, this puts the person in a stress-induced situation. Soon, he may start hating the job.

• Sacrificing personal dreams for the sake of money – Nowadays, most of the youngsters are more concerned about the pay packet rather than anything else. This often results in taking up a job which is high paying but does not form part of one's overall long-term dreams. When we let financial priorities overtake our personal dreams, we are living the life of someone else. While money is important, it should not be the only aim for taking up a job.

• Not expanding your network – Once we land a job, most of us become part of the new work group. We do not extend our network to people outside the group. This limits our growth potential.

Take care of these small things and make sure your career grows.

Handy Hints:

• Avoid a career disaster by choosing a job that adds value

• Do not let financial priorities overtake your personal dreams

• Ensure career growth by extending your network beyond work

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink