A decade’s worth of career phenomena (part 2)

May 5, 2015 3 mins read
A decade’s worth of career phenomena (part 2)

The age between 30 and 35 is a very important period in people’s lives. Look at where you are at thirty, and you will be able to see where you are going to be in five years.

By the age of thirty, most people would have already been employed for between five and eight years, have accumulated a certain amount of experience, and have probably achieved some success in certain areas. What you need to do now is to analyze what your strengths are and set targets which you will then strive to achieve within the next eight or even ten years. These targets need to be very clear if you want to increase and consolidate your competitive ability in 5 years when you are at a age between 30 and 35. Many people complain that in certain fields, there are no readily available professional consultants, and my answer to that, based on personal experience, is that one good option is to communicate more with senior consultants from an established and well-reputed recruitment organisation.

Better personal qualities breed professional success

When you get to 35, the first thing you must consider is how good are you at interpersonal relations. It does not matter how many people you are responsible for, ultimately you are accountable to the board of directors or to the owner of the business, and your relationship with the boss directly determines your rise in the company. Your relationship with the employees of the lowest rank determines the support and popularity you enjoy amongst the staff. 

Secondly, there is the question of your ability to learn. When it comes to the matters of learning and personal growth, you should ask yourself this question – has there been a change in what I know and in my professional ability between a year ago and now? Even though your position determines your work duties, you must make all the necessary preparations before you can start moving upwards. 

Maintaining a professional attitude is an essential factor behind the success of many outstanding people. You might not like your current job all that much, but you must not approach it with a negative attitude, as this would be a waste of your time. In addition, it would cause your superiors’ evaluation of your performance, as well your own improvement to both fall short of your expectations. The most important thing is to be mentally strong. The path to success is never smooth sailing. If you are mentally strong, you will be able to see the light of hope during the worst possible difficulty, but a weak person would miss an opportunity even when there is every chance of success. Remember that survival of the fittest remains the fundamental principle of nature!

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Marlon Mai
Managing Director, Greater China