Career Tips by Fisher Investments

Whether you’re interested in an opportunity at Fisher Investments, or simply looking to further develop your current career path, our career tips can help you stand out from your peers.

It’s a Long Game

By, 01/27/2016

How long have you been working? One year? Five? Ten? Or maybe you’re on the job hunt now, about to begin your career. Regardless, if you’re reading this blog, chances are you likely have decades before retirement. That’s a long time, and the prospect of many more years of work may sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be!

Yes, on a day-to-day basis, work can be stressful, monotonous, frustrating and outright boring. But when you take a longer view of your career, you’ll start seeing just how much growth you’ve undergone—and how much growth you have yet to experience. Consider your very first day of work: Most, if not all, the faces at the office were unfamiliar; your knowledge base was limited; you likely made simple mistakes during routine procedures. Now compare that to today—you’re likely eons ahead of where you were when you started. And on the flip side, your career will likely look very different in the next one, five and ten years! You may go into management, become a mentor or work on important projects you couldn’t have fathomed on your first day. You might be in a whole different industry. While short-term struggles may sting, they also don’t have to define what your career ultimately becomes in the long term

Make a List, Check It Often

By, 01/14/2016

Making lists is a popular pastime this stretch of the year, whether they look back at the past 12 months or forward to the next 12. And while some of them may offer cliché or “obvious” advice, lists offer both a quick opportunity to lay out your desired goals—personal, career-related or otherwise—as well as a way to keep yourself accountable on your progress.

In my view, the more specific a list gets, the more effective it is. For example, “save for a rainy day fund” is a wonderful line item to include. But if you don’t determine important details (e.g., how much can you realistically save a month?) and a way to judge success (e.g., by December 2016, I want to have X dollars saved), then your list is virtually useless. While it’s fine to jot down an expansive list as your first draft, I suggest whittling it down after a second and third look. That way, you can focus your energy on making a couple of meaningful, sustainable changes that will go much further than a bunch of ideas that go nowhere. And don’t forget to keep your list somewhere visible to keep yourself honest!             

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