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Career Guide

Career Guide

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A pleasant demeanor, common courtesy, good manners and a generally helpful attitude are those intangibles that make the
difference between an employee people want to have around and one they avoid. Of course some people (your author is one)
are too nice around the office and get walked all over. If you are one of those, we highly recommend you take a course in
leadership and assertiveness in between jobs to avoid repeating past mistakes.
Most companies operate on a meritocratic basis where your professional skills are paramount. Still, given two people with
similar skillsets, say two fresh college graduates, the difference between the stars and those that get bypassed for promotions
is often a political one and one that reflects their interpersonal skills as much as their professional skills. Emotional smarts and
that ability to gauge your peers and clients and boss and learn how to work with them and be a pleasant, helpful, unobtrusive
addition to the team, play a crucial role in differentiating the plodders from the stars. We do not recommend trying to outshine
everyone and making a big show of it. Nor do we recommend being different by being secretive and underhanded. A much
better policy is to aim to be accepted by the team and to integrate in a manner that makes you a pleasant and indispensable
component in the overall equation. Your work will speak for itself.
Other rules of thumb to adhere to include never badmouthing peers or boss, past or present; being truthful and always being
accountable for work that falls under your responsibility. Also, learning to admit mistakes and apologize for them if necessary
is critical to the success of your internal and external client relationships. Contrary to what many believe, it does not reflect
badly on you; to the contrary it highlights your professionalism, builds a level of trust and also helps you to move on. Above all,
be tactful, respect your colleagues and aim for diplomacy without sacrificing your integrity.

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Mid-Career Transition

It is never too late to start again. Many an investment banker has turned internet guru mid-career, lawyers turn businessmen,
businessmen turn real estate developers, engineers turn architects and the list is endless. If you are feeling completely
unfulfilled with your career and know that changing jobs, companies or locations won't change that, or if you have taken time
off to pursue other interests and are ready to start a new role, don't fret. It is never too late to start afresh, providing you plan
ahead and follow a few basic rules.
Here are Bayt's tips to ease you through your career transition:

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