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Give up in order to go up the career ladder

Become successful by letting go of old habits and embracing changeImage Credit: Supplied

People always say that if you want to move to a higher level in your career, you need to believe in yourself, be willing to let go of your old ways of thinking and adopt new ones, and be constantly open to suggestions.

Remember, there are no certainties and guarantees in life, so follow your instinct and utilise whatever talent and resources you are blessed with. Have confidence in your abilities first before you expect other people (your superiors, your colleagues and the community in general) to trust and believe in you. Be open to new ideas and systems. Many individuals forget these and they either fail or have difficulties performing their tasks and dealing with challenges, which sometimes lead to a career-derailing experience.

I have noticed that majority of the newly promoted employees fail because they tend to cling to old habits and mindset without realising that their new job title demands something different.

I had the same experience when I got promoted to a regional manager position. Because of my passion for training, I preferred to cling to the activities I was very familiar with without realising that my new role demanded a new scope and level of responsibilities. I had to let go to move further up the career ladder.

As it is essential for the fish to keep moving to stay alive, the same is true for us to keep changing our ways and approach towards things to survive and thrive.

Be flexible in your approach towards the attainment of your career goals. Remember, we only change direction on the way, not at the end of the destination. Thus, willingly embrace change.

You do not need to do everything today, but you surely need to give up something (for example, your old way of thinking and doing things). Do it one step at a time and you will be sure to find your way up.

Handy Hints:

* Set up a plan to attain career goals; get feedback from others

* Accept that change is an ongoing process everyone must face

* Resolve to continue learning throughout your career and life

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company