Most people I know are terrified when it comes to their career, and why wouldn’t they be? We spend at least 12 years of our lives preparing for a job, and after we finally get it, we have to work very hard to advance, maintain a steady stream of income, and ultimately provide for our families. According to Stephen Pollan, an iconoclastic life coach, fear is the most significant emotion that people bring to him. “Careers are the biggest creators of fear because they’re our stream of income. “He says. This fear is prominent especially for people passed their prime. It is actually a very serious issue. How does one find a new job when he/she is 40,50 or 60?
We are taught that a successful career should be synonymous with fulfillment, achievements and happiness, but Stephen doesn’t agree entirely. He believes that employees should always focus on a stream of steady income, because the employer does not care about your professional fulfillment and happiness. Their job is not to make the employee happy, and this should not frustrate us. Fulfillment should be sought in personal relationships, not in a job. More often than not a job is a source of stress and fear.
Employees Work for their Supervisors, not their Companies
This is probably one of the realities that is very hard to face, but it is extremely true. If you are part of a big company, the probability that the CEO knows who you are and what you do is extremely slim. Therefore, you do not work for the company per-say, but for your supervisor. It is therefore essential to make a good impression. This can be achieved by becoming preoccupied with your supervisor’s status rather than your own. “You’ve got to become your own propagandist — and you do that through your supervisor.” He adds. Once you have satisfied the needs of your supervisor, you can hope for a promotion, and only when you have advanced through the corporate ladder can you dream of becoming an important individual in the company.
Needless to say, this doesn’t mean that your contribution for the company is not appreciated; it just means that none of your higher-ups (except your supervisor) will know. It is very possible to use your supervisor to keep your job and get ahead. This can be done by having meaningful dialogues with him once a month, one in which you show gratitude for the professional growth you have received. Say thank you, and watch the magic happen. Positive feedback is great because it will make your supervisor feel good, and ultimately, more likely to promote you.
Convincing a Supervisor that you are not too old for your Job when you’re 50 or 60
Everybody knows that younger employees are cheaper and more productive than older ones. So how can an elderly employee prove that he is invaluable for the company? One solution would be enthusiasm. Put passion in everything that you do, become an infinite source of knowledge for the ones around you. People who seem experts in their field wear an impenetrable armor.
I counter my age with my exuberance. You’ve got to be excited about life. Age is a metric. Take the metric out of your life. Stop counting.
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If you think that a job gets easier with time, you are wrong. As you advance in age, you must also prepare for harder, more serious work. Renew your vows at work and be prepared to make larger contributions. Always thank the people around you, be a team-member, become a fountain of intelligence, and demonstrate your professional competence. They say wisdom is better than knowledge, and that is partly true. It is the experiences of the job that will probably make a supervisor consider you worthy for the job. Remember, that we never stop learning. Even if we are 30 or 60 we never stop accumulating knowledge. The key to a successful career is openness and willingness to go the extra-mile.