Career development advice from the experts. 
Personal development and career planning are simple once you understand the rules and roadmaps.
General rules for success:
Most people declare that their career development is very important to them. They like to develop and grow, feel a sense of purpose and achievement. It is the more surprising how often even the most gifted people violate very basic rules for their successful career development.

Please find below the most important rules. Please feel free to add additional points in your discussion.

1. Define clearly your career goals and stick to them.
Very early in you work life you need to define clearly what is important for your future work and career development. What industry do want to work in? Which career paths do you want to follow. Career paths are like train tracks. Sometimes there are cross roads but very rarely you will find an opportunity to jump of the track without any major career damage.

2. Understand the technical and social skill requirements for each career step and focus on early development of you skill portfolio.
Each job requires a specific set of technical and social skill sets to be successful above average and to allow you to open the door for the next career step in you life. Very often social skills are getting extremely under estimated but they are for most of the career steps the most important skills. That explains also why many people are NOT getting promoted even though they have excellent technical skills. 

3. Over deliver and show energy
The energy level at your work place is the best indicator for your employer for your future career potential. Just doing a job good is not enough. Do you show that you like your work place? Are you ready to take over responsibility or do you look the other way when help is needed? Do you help your colleagues? 

4. Career development is a marathon and not a sprint
Too often people thing that showing short term performance to the point where they receive additional responsibilities and may a pay rise is enough to get on the career track. The opposite is true. Your employer will feel simply cheated and misused. Probably he will not demote you but your career is blocked until you prove that you are ready to deliver extra ordinary performance regularly.

5. Stay with one employer minimum 3 years
Yes I know. It is hard to be patent and to stay with one employer at least 3 years. Yes, I know that you thing that you could have better opportunities and salaries else where. That is why many people are jumping between companies and jobs. This behavior however is the best way to kill careers. There are always good reasons to change jobs and employers once to early but you need to understand that after 3 jumps your new employer will wonder about your ability to stay 3 years with him.

Ask yourself why an employer should invest time and money into your career when yo are not willing to pay the investment back?

6. Permanent training
In our modern world knowledge has a very short useful life time. Technology and work environments are changing so fast that a knowledge acquired today may be worthless within 12 to 36 months. That means also that knowledge acquired during university or training times are almost useless for future job requirements.

This ever faster running trend of knowledge depreciation requires from the successful employee the eagerness to engage into permanent continues learning and education. The employer may (less and less) sponsor some training courses but do not misunderstand their motivation. They sponsor a training course to equip you in your current job with essential new knowledge. You will need to take care by yourself to learn essential skills for your future jobs.

7. Networking
Networking is for directors right? Wrong! Networking starts at the kindergarten and never stops during your career. Networking is the skill to build up over time mutual relationships by providing value and support to your networking partners and friends. Networking is not about misusing, manipulating and having egoistic motives. Surely you should look for network partners with whom you share similar interests, values and believes. That should not stop you, however, to reach out outside your comfort zone.

A great network can help you a lot during your career life whereas the wrong friends can do you even more harm. So be positively selective with your choices and remember that a good network is all about giving and not about taking.

8. Mentors
Finding and maintaining great relationships with mentors is the ultimate career secret. You can be clever, talented and knowledgeable but without the right mentors you will just end up on the average development path. Your mentors are your guides and role models (so you have to actively search for them). Choosing a wrong mentor can be disastrous for your career.

But how do you find a great mentor? You need a mentor at your 2nd or 3rd career step. You should have proven already during step 1 and 2 that you are a worthy contender for the ultimate career path. Now it is the time to look for an extraordinary leader and personality from your industry who you admire and can accept as your role model. Search for several options and then simply ask. Do not get frustrated when you receive a no. Try again.

Once you have established a mentor - student relationship do not expect that your mentor will pamper you. You are lucky to get 1 hour / month from your mentors time so use that time wisely. Never forget to give as much back as possible. Both sides should perceive the relationship as beneficial.

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