[Review] Career Planning for Long-Term Success

Published on 2016-06-02

On 26 May, the Chamber invited members to a seminar with Sandy Cheung, Tax Partner and Service Line Leader in Global Employer Services of Eastern Region in Deloitte China, where he discussed career planning and the skills required for long-term success.

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Your career path

It was stressed that the course chosen at school or university does not define what career path a person will take in the future. However, if you are still unsure and currently searching for a suitable career, the next step is to plan and aim to find it within three to five years.

After obtaining a suitable job, it is likely that after promotion to a higher level, the role will become more enjoyable as you can see a bigger picture and circumstances in a new light. It is also likely that you will have the opportunity to learn more by understanding your work and why you are doing it, thereby finding value in your role; it is also the time you will start to receive recognition from clients and those in a senior position, thus finding a sense of satisfaction from work.

Essential skills to progress within your organisation

  • Personality is key –the ability to work with different people and embrace diversity at workplace
  • Ability to lead - the ability to lead a team, and help people within the team to grow and excel. A good way to learn this skill is to observe how successful people within the organization do it and learn from them.
  • Problem-solving - if you find a problem which you are ready to report to your boss, do not just mention the problem. Report the issue with your proposed solutions and the consequences that your different solutions may lead to.
  • Ability to learn – be ready to learn and take advantage of the available resources within your organisation, for example internal training – not only training for technical skills, but also those for soft skills such as selling and communication, which have become much more important in our workplace today
  • Patience - do not be influenced or distracted too much by people around you. If you have the abilities and skill sets needed by your organisation, the opportunity will come to you and it is just a matter of time.
  • Ability to plan - planning is always important, especially when you have multiple tasks at hand. It is the ability to prioritise and concentrate on the most important tasks that is valuable.

Finally, if you wish to leave your current organisation, firstly think about the two below questions before making any final decisions:

  • Are you leaving because there is no opportunity for promotion?
  • Are you leaving because your boss no longer trusts you?

Do not move to another organisation just because you see others are doing well in theirs and can earn more etc.  Discuss with your boss tactfully and assess how to come to a mutually beneficial situation between yourself and your organisation.

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