Tips to Set Yourself up for Success in the Workplace

We would all love to have successful careers and the first most critical step to attaining this is enjoying what you do.  

As the famous saying goes,

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  ― Mark Twain 

I started my career as an Accountant. Whilst I enjoyed it, looking back I wasn’t really passionate about it. I always enjoyed being around people; interacting with them, helping them, so when an opportunity presented itself in Accounting Recruitment, I thought “Why Not” and twenty-five years later, I am still in this career and have never looked back. 

I have learnt that the key to a successful career is having a passion for it, pursuing it and working hard. It is also important to develop habits and skills that make you more effective at work. 

Here are some of my tips to help set you up to be more productive and successful: 

  • Be open to learning. There is always something new to learn and although sometimes it is daunting, taking yourself outside of your comfort zone will help you progress your career. 
  • Choose a career that you are interested in and that matches your personality. If you are passionate about it, you are more likely to succeed. 
  • Treat and care for your work/company as if it was your own business 
  • Understand what is expected of you in your role and make sure your values align with the business 
  • Show consistency in your work ethic; work hard and be focussed 
  • Challenge yourself but also be a team player 
  • Be a good listener 
  • Have a positive attitude 
  • Limit distractions 
  • Stay organised and manage your time well 
  • Be committed 
  • Produce high quality work that you are proud of 
  • Always be willing to go above and beyond 
  • Learn from your mistakes 

And most importantly, we spend so much time at work so enjoy it – smile and have fun! 

Divisional Manager

As an ex-Accountant by trade, Marianne started her career in recruitment, initially working for Hays in their accounting support division. Over time, she worked her way up to Accounting Manager, looking after a growing team of consultants, specialising in the placement of temporary and permanent staff in commerce and industry within the accounting and office support areas.

Marianne enjoys building long term relationships with people and watching their careers grow over the years. She joined Optimum Consulting in 2013 as Divisional Manager and is responsible for the overseeing of a great team and to grow and develop it further with talented recruiters and a passion for relationship building.

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