Advice: Work your way to the job of your dreams


Many young college graduates leave school with the misconception that a degree deserves a large salary and an important job title.

St. Francis Assisi said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Most successful people started their careers doing entry-level jobs, eventually working their way up.

You have to be willing to put in the time to show others what you can do, which will lead to better career opportunities.

Successful people have a strong work ethic and set goals for themselves. They don’t see work as a chore, but as a means to reach their goals.

In the process of building your career, it is also important to work on your communication skills.

Good leaders get along with others and are willing to work with and to listen to their co-wokers’s ideas. You also need a plan. It is important to write down your short-term and long-term goals. Don’t be afraid to change directions when things are not going as planned or if a better opportunity arises.

Most adults will tell you they started their careers thinking they were going to do one thing and then ended up doing something else.

Life is an adventure that can lead you into different directions; so be prepared to take calculated risks and be willing to work.

Expensive vacations and fancy cars are not usually things you can afford when you start off in life, because if you don’t create a strong foundation, you will never be able to sustain that kind of life style.

People who succeed usually have self-control and learn how to manage their finances. They also don’t let disappointments derail them.

A college degree will get you in the door, but it does not guarantee success or a big pay check. To be successful you have to be willing to do more than your job description and what you are being paid to do.

Your attitude, your work ethics and your ability to manage money are what will determine your future success.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily, on Instagram @mlsalcines or contact her on her blog