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.

An Eye to the Future

By, 12/28/2015

As you reflect on your blessings from 2015, you may already be planning how to advance different parts of your life ahead in 2016—including your career. Now is a great time to start taking stock of where your career currently stands and your satisfaction with it. Where do you stand with your long-, medium- and short-term goals? Or do you even have any goals? If you don’t, dedicating some thought to what you want to accomplish in the next year may be a beneficial exercise, since goals help keep you accountable.

If you have no idea where to begin, think first about what you value in a career. Are you satisfied with your current role and want to dive deeper into the position? Or do you wish to move up in your company—like going into a management role? Monetary considerations are important for any job, but is it the most important for you? Is your current skillset sufficient for where you want to go in the future, or do you need to build it out further to take the next step? Once you start answering these questions, you’ll likely have a better idea of what exactly you need to do to make your goals a reality.   

Little Steps Go a Long Way

By, 12/09/2015

When folks think about making changes in their career—whether it’s learning a new skill, pursuing an advanced position or going in an entirely different direction—they often jump straight to the end-goal. However, such an approach can be overwhelming. You may not have considered all the steps you need to take to get there, making the task seem more daunting than it has to be. Rather than zeroing in on the destination, break down your goal into several little parts.

For example, if you wanted to put yourself in a position for a promotion, that doesn’t mean you have to tackle the biggest, most difficult project head-on to prove your worth. Rather, take stock of your current skills and responsibilities—and honestly assess your shortcomings, too—and see what incremental changes you can make to improve. Can you finish one of your daily responsibilities quicker? How? How can you use your resources—whether it’s your manager, a mentor or a fellow coworker—to address areas you struggle in? Little tweaks and fixes are much easier to enact than broad, sweeping changes, and by implementing them when necessary, you will make steadier, sustainable progress toward your desired goals.  

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