What are the most tangled and sensitive ages in the workplace?
Probably 35 – 35 means that you may receive a “age-inadequate” rejection letter when you submit your resume;
The age of 35 means that even if you are in a big company like Huawei, there is a risk of being cleaned up;
35 years old means that even if you don’t use a thermos, the “midlife crisis” is already there…
But I also want to tell you that 35 doesn’t mean the end of your career prospects, it depends on how you spent your days before 35.
The article I share with you today comes from Yang Yi, a senior career planning consultant, who combines years of consulting experience to reveal the key to cracking the “35-year-old dilemma”.
The article is slightly longer, but no matter how far away you’re from 35, it’s worth reading carefully.
Whether you admit it or not, you have to pay attention to the “35-year-old phenomenon” –
Many companies clearly stipulate that they are under the age of 35 when recruiting talents.
If you’re 35 and you’re still jumping ship through a job posting your resume, you should reflect on what you’re doing wrong.
Of course, according to our practical consulting experience, if you really reach the age of 35 or even higher to think about this problem, it is likely that you have been unable to solve this problem, and many practical difficulties will make you feel powerless and helpless.
In order not to make your career after 35 a mess, you should at least set clear goals at 30 and use 5 years to catch up.
This may be the last best time for you to grow. If you miss this opportunity, you are no longer young, and society will no longer forgive your youthful madness with an inclusive mindset.
Otherwise, if you take one more wrong step, you will have to make up for it at a cost of ten times in the future.
30 years old: Three major problems you have to face
1) Can I take on family and responsibilities?
If you have started a family, you must be soberly aware: how exactly should your career develop to ensure that you can support the burden of the whole family?
This includes not only your lover, but also your children and parents (especially if both parties are only children, and you are responsible for the support of four elderly people on both sides).
At this stage, your pressure is multiplied, but if your growth in the workplace cannot be doubled, and you are even regressing in some form, then your future career development will face more pressure.
And this pressure, more often, will make you have no spare energy to seek better development.
Many people often have a big concern when jumping ship: if I jump, the income is not as high as it is now, then, the current job, will I easily move again?
So, if you want to act, it’s early. While you haven’t yet carried the baggage of your family, pack light and rush forward with all your might, this is your only choice.
Don’t enjoy comfort at this time, otherwise, the rest of your life will always be “comfortable” in doing nothing.
2) Does your ability match your age?
One of the trickier cases in many of our clients is the mismatch between ability and age.
Many people who have worked for 3 or 5 years, and even people who have worked for one year, are not much different in terms of ability, so when their career wants to break through, they will encounter a lot of resistance.
There are two reasons for this:
One is frequent job hopping, not accumulating in one direction, and no skill;
Second, although it has accumulated in one direction for a long time, only the first year is growth, and the remaining years are doing repetitive work and standing still.
So, for those 30-year-old friends, from now on, you must carefully examine one question:
How many years have I worked since graduation?
Do the abilities I have in me match my age?
If there is no match, then you must establish a sense of crisis early and run forward to bridge the gap with those prophets and seers, and ensure that you will not be pushed out by others in the process of competition.
3) Have you built and improved your knowledge structure?
In the workplace, people of different positions and levels do different things, and their vision and thinking patterns are also different.
A most basic salesman, thinking about how to maintain the terminal, this is a tactical level thing, but also his responsibility;
But if a marketing director is still thinking about how to deal with the terminal boss every day, like the salesman, it is his dereliction of duty.
Every business operation will be composed of strategy and tactics.
The big strategy will be subdivided into small strategies, and the small strategy will be subdivided into one implementation tactic by one, and the grass-roots personnel will put it into practice.
People at different levels are responsible for different heights of work and perform their duties, which is also the meaning of teamwork.
Similarly, there are different knowledge structures for each person at different levels.
The higher the level, the higher your vision and thinking of the problem, and the higher your overall knowledge structure level must also develop and break through.
Otherwise, your ability can only stay at the specific grass-roots operation level, there will be no major development, and it is even more impossible to rise in the position.
Before the age of 30: how to lay a good foundation
I suggest you do two things.
The first is to identify a goal that you can strive for for 5, 10 years or even longer.
This is an ideal state.
Because a clear goal can allow your career growth to accumulate experience around a point, and this accumulated experience accumulation is also a chip for your future promotion and salary increase. Although experience is not necessarily related to ability, if there is no accumulation of experience, your ability is basically not likely to improve.
Macolm Gladwell says in his book The Other: “Whether it’s the best athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians or scientists, when investigated, you’ll find that they’ve worked for at least a decade and not less than three hours a day to make their mark.”
There is a story in the book:
Maxim Wengrove was born in Siberia and at the age of 4 he was exposed to his first violin and showed great talent.
And, his talent and engagement are directly proportional. He practiced for 7 hours a day, held a recital at the age of 5, won an international award at the age of 15, and became the world’s top violinist at the age of 34.
“My mother came home every evening at 8 p.m. and taught me the violin until 4 a.m. after dinner,” Vin Grove said.
It was torture for a 4-year-old, but two years later I became a violinist. ”
A lot of people are complaining about not having a chance. This is not the case.
Frank Freddy, a professor of sociology at the University of Kent, believes that people who effectively devote a lot of time to practice will naturally have their own luck: “They work almost hard, and when luck comes, they are already ready.” ”
If you don’t have the opportunity, don’t complain, first reflect: what are you not prepared for?
In our experience, you are only likely to be rewarded if you stick in one direction for at least 5 years, and that reward can have a relatively long-term impact on your later career development.
At the same time, it is such a long period of accumulation that makes your foundation very solid and solid, and your steps will stand more steadily.
The second big thing you think about is learning to be human.
I even think it’s a hundred times more important to be human than to be able to do things. Finding a suitable career goal may not be easy for many confused people;
But learning to be a person is a professional quality that you can cultivate in any company and at any time.
In the cultivation of being a person, there are four elements that can have a fatal impact on your future career development:
1) Your interpersonal processing skills
This includes relationships with your superiors, as well as relationships with your colleagues.
2) The ability to continuously learn
I once met a client, who is nearly 40 years old, has been an accountant for 14 years, is still only a grassroots supervisor position, has no promotion opportunities in the company, and has not raised a salary for many years.
We asked him, “In those 14 years, have you had any training, refresher training or any other form of charging?” ”
This is a very extreme example, but this phenomenon is very common in the workplace.
Without learning, your career will stand still. You think you are not regressing, but in fact others are making progress, and the gap between you and others is unconsciously widened, which is equivalent to regression.
3) Establish a professional spirit
Whether you have a goal or not, whether the work is what you are willing to do, as long as you are in this position, you should do things well.
Even if you don’t like the job, don’t treat it in a negative way, because you are not only wasting the company’s time, but also your own time.
In the workplace, what you can gain is nothing more than two things: one is return, and the other is growth.
Before you have a clear goal, do what you have in front of you to the extreme, and use all the things you can get in this position to fight for with your best efforts.
Treat your work negatively and you’ll get nothing with both hands empty.
4) Have a strong heart
Many of the people I have met are actually very fragile in their hearts and unable to withstand the various sufferings that have come down the long road of life. You know, everyone’s growth is not smooth. Even if Jesus were Jesus, why wouldn’t he have suffered a baptism?
A strong heart can make a person see hope in despair, and negative pessimism will only make you miss a good opportunity in the face of hope.
There is a line in The Shawshank Redemption: “Cowardice imprisons the soul of a man, hoping that you can feel free.” The strong save themselves, and the saints cross the people. ”
You don’t have the ability to become a saint, but you must become a strong one.
After the age of 30: how to achieve a qualitative breakthrough?
If you want to achieve greater development in your career after the age of 35, you should start at the age of 30, make good use of the 5 years, and start to prepare for the following three important things:
1) Complete your professional brand building
Kenichi Omae, the “father of Japanese strategy,” put forward this view: “Why did you win?” What will be able to influence the world trend in the future is the competition between individuals. Can we dominate the world stage and forge core competitiveness that others cannot surpass? Your only reliance is professionalism. ”
Are you a first-class business person, or an office worker in general? Here’s the difference!
Giving yourself a professional positioning and establishing your own brand image will add more valuable chips to your future career development.
To support your “professional” brand image, you need to work hard in two areas:
Break away from the specific operational level of the problem, look at the problem higher, farther, and become a person with “vision” rather than “rat eyes”.
You must look up to the best people in this industry, and take them as a goal as an example for your own cultivation and growth, and make up the gap between you and the excellent step by step.
At this time, on-the-job study, further study, etc. need to be put on the agenda, learn to enrich their minds with new knowledge.
If you want to be a good professional, you must also align yourself with the best people, establish influence in the industry, and use your ideas to influence others.
We met a very good lad last year and are still impressed.
He was a college student majoring in printing and went to a printing house to do sales after graduation.
It is such a position that seems to have little gold content, but he builds his influence in his own unique way.
He set himself a requirement: Write an article every month and publish it in the most influential magazine in the industry.
Of course, not every article can achieve the quality of publication, but it is necessary to write one article every month with guaranteed quality.
The first benefit of this is to establish your influence within the industry; Second, it allows you to form your own knowledge structure.
2) Cultivate yourself into a good middle manager
Stepping into a managerial position is a crucial step in your professional growth. The future development space is inseparable from this promotion. But not everyone can sit in this seat.
Gallup once did a survey and found that the reason why basic employees leave frequently is not the company, but its superiors: the company’s middle managers.
It is precisely because of the poor management of the middle level, and the development and growth of subordinate employees has caused a very adverse impact, resulting in their career development whether in terms of professional ability, or in the professional accomplishment, can not be effectively grown.
You must realize that your management will have the potential to change the fate of your subordinates for life, and it is your wrong management style that unknowingly hurts your subordinates and forces them to leave the company.
When your growth is hindered by your boss, it’s your misfortune that you can choose to “vote with your feet”; When you become a manager one day, we don’t want to pass on that misfortune any longer.
3) Find a growing company and grow with it
This is a very important thing.
First, you can witness the growth process of a company from small to large, from weak to strong, and you will have a deeper understanding of the company’s operations, and you can also appreciate the position and role of your role in the growth of the company.
Second, in the process of the company’s growth, your value will have more room to play and will be easier to show.
Many people tend to look for large companies when looking for a job, which is understandable, but to grow quickly, looking for a growing company that is not too large is actually a better choice.
Because in the process of growth, there will be a more urgent need for talents, and your position promotion will be faster.
Third, your loyalty will bring more rewards for your development.
One of the most important aspects of enterprise employment is loyalty. Especially now that the job-hopping rate and the churn rate are high in many enterprises, loyalty has become a very valuable professional spirit.
Whether you are now “running three” or are on the road of “running three”, please always warn yourself: don’t waste the good years, seize all the time you can seize, and accumulate some more thickness for your life.
Finally, to borrow my favorite Jobs quote, as the end of this article:
People can’t do too many things in this life, so everything must be done wonderfully.
Your time is limited, so don’t live for someone else.
Don’t be confined by dogma, don’t live in other people’s minds. Don’t let other people’s opinions dictate your inner voice.
Most importantly, be brave enough to follow your own heart and intuition, only your own heart and intuition know your own true thoughts, everything else is secondary.
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