Before I graduated from high school, I had already determined that my career path was going to be in the entertainment industry as a performer. The strategy I implemented was to pursue and acquire a degree in Fine Arts to help me achieve this goal. According to Baack (2012), a successful career entails the crafting and developments of personal skills, building relationships, and embarking on new challenges throughout the process. Some of these skills may include learning a foreign language or comprehending the customs of another culture (Baack, 2012). In my case, an education in the Fine Arts Drama Department, taught me every aspect of theatrical production including directing, acting, stage management, stagecraft, prop construction and management, makeup, costume, and scene design. This educational strategy helped me acquire additional skills other than those required from a performer. It can also help make an individual more valuable in a specific field or at an organization. In other words, this tactic helps create more opportunities which in turn, enables individuals to explore a variety of career choices within a specific industry.
The continual improvement of an individual’s skills and talents however, is equally important in the longevity of a person’s career because of the rapid rate in which each industry is expanding due to advances in technology and changes in how organizations function in the modern era. For example, with the explosion of social media channels, most companies have developed an active online presence. As a result, they now require employees to learn new skills like coding, programming, blogging, and SEO strategies. People that have learned these skills are more valuable in today’s market place.
Another form of improvement may include working with a mentor to help navigate the obstacles of a specific industry. Then, as an individual continues to improve, that person can then pay it forward and become a mentor to others assisting them in their career development. In short, people who embrace the concept that careers are lifelong learning experiences will continue to find avenues of self-improvement so that they remain a valuable asset in their industry.
Friday’s post will examine various strategies that successful people use to achieve balance between work and personal time. Until then … stay organized!
Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse. – Unknown
Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.