Manufacturing Your Own Luck: Initiating Projects

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get all the luck? They’re hired into the best positions and find their way to advancement quickly. The truth is, luck is only a small portion of the issue. Many people who find success early on in their careers are masters of manufacturing their own luck by initiating projects. They work hard, find opportunities, and challenge themselves to grow beyond their current skill set. Here are a few ways you can do this in your career.

  • Be willing to do more than required. It is easy to slide into the habit of doing your job and just your job. When it isn’t in your purview, you’re likely to leave it to someone else. But someone willing to take imitative is willing to do more than required. They may take their own work to the next level or be willing to pitch in when needed elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate teamwork. Another way to get noticed by your supervisor and upper management is to work well with everyone around you. Not only should you be willing to help out your direct coworkers, but also supervisors and other departments. Be willing to help out whenever necessary to show that you are able to work in partnership with a variety of personalities.
  • Speak up with your ideas. It’s also a good idea to provide your input along the way. Individuals who get advancement are often those who are willing to put their ideas forward for consideration. It may be an easier way to handle a process. Or it might be a concern about safety that no one else has noticed yet. Whatever it is, speak up.
  • Consider the opportunities. It’s also important to weigh opportunities as they come along. Don’t be restricted by what you think you should be doing. If you accept an adjacent opportunity, you may find that your future has opened up exponentially. When you narrow your focus, you may miss out on possible futures.

Do you want to advance your shipyard career with new challenges and opportunities? Contact the recruiters at Hutco today to see what we’re working on.