Everybody has dreams of getting ahead in their careers and become very successful. Nonetheless, this is easier said than done. Everyone will face some challenges and barriers in their careers but the important thing is not to give up and find ways to overcome those barriers. Below are the most common career barriers and how to overcome them.
- Age: Age is one of the biggest career barriers in front of employees. As people age, the sacrifices they need to make to change their careers increase and therefore, they don’t want to take risks because they are afraid of the things that they will lose. Also, older employees think that their bosses don’t consider their future in the organization as much as the younger employees. They don’t get much training and usually older women employees are overlooked for promotion.
- Gaps in Work History: When employees have a gap in their work history, they may be seen as inconsistent by employers. However, everybody can have breaks in their lives whether to care for children, to travel the world or just to have a mental break. You just need to explain the reason of your gap to your potential employer. If it is a minor gap and you have a valid reason for it, then employers can understand you. Otherwise, it would be better if you start a side venture such as selling stuff from internet, blogging or similar ventures you can do from home or at least start doing something to develop your skills. You can take online classes, for instance.
- Making Money Your Biggest Motivation: If your sole motivation becomes earning a lot of money then, you cannot be successful in life. Obviously, everybody wants to get compensated accordingly for their efforts but working in a job just because it is high paying can make your life unbearable. You need to know yourself and choose a career according to your interests and skills. Otherwise, you can get stuck in a career that you will dread for years.
- Being Impatient: Career developments are unfortunately slow most of the time. Therefore, you need be patient to move up the career ladder. If you are sure about the field you work in and want to move up in your current industry, then keep in mind that everything you do adds you more value and prepares you for your next role. You just need to wait a little bit and keep working hard.