Preparing for the future…

We’ve all read a myriad of quotes about the present: today is a gift, live in the moment, enjoy the here and now, and so on. These sayings inform us of the futility of focusing excessively on the past or the future. While they have long since been labeled clichés, there is some truth to their sentiments. We can only live in the present, but it’s easy to let our time slip from our grasp without using it fruitfully. Whenever possible, we must remind ourselves that just as the past informs the present, the present informs the future. Formulating a secure map for any prospective venture requires our proactiveness today. 

Here are six steps you can take to kick-start your preparations for the future: 

Analyze your current abilities and improve upon them

There’s a lot of talk about self-improvement, but any form of growth must begin somewhere. A natural starting point would be your present-day skills. You may have an aptitude for multiple areas of interest, but narrowing your focus is recommended for career prospects. After that, it’s just a matter of refining your skillset in that area.  

Learn to make an effective personal schedule

It’s challenging to figure out how to split your time between different tasks. But once learned, this practice will pay off like none other. You can use a paper-based or digital planner to track your goals according to their priority. Even when you’re relatively free, balancing your time between your duties and recreational activities can facilitate busier days in your future.

Read articles on the kinds of opportunities the future beholds

The job market is ever-changing. Even jobs that exist today are continually evolving, implementing new conventions as the times change. It’s always a good idea to stay up-to-date by reading articles on the subject of careers and employment. This way, it’s easier to understand the direction the employment sector will take in upcoming years and prepare yourself accordingly. 

Acquaint yourself with the fundamentals of technology 

Technological advancements happen at a rapid pace. In the future, any job you take up will require a basic level of computer knowledge. Tools like Microsoft Excel and Word are necessary even for entry-level positions. Apart from the essentials, keep up with the current technological trends in your field. If there’s anything to learn from scratch, there are plenty of resources online that can help you catch up in no time.

Learn to work with other people

Interpersonal communication is a given no matter where you see yourself further down the line. Especially if you’re young, practicing your people skills can help you at the beginning of your career. Start participating in group projects and activities (you can initiate them yourself) to improve your flair for leadership and collaboration. Learn to adapt to the variety of inputs, feedback, and criticism you’ll be getting from your peers. The more time you spend communicating with others, the more you benefit at your workplace. 

Believe that your future will be bright:

A positive outlook is always better than a negative one. It helps motivate you in the now, prompting you to take action. It also means you’ve developed confidence in your strengths and fully believe that anything you put your mind to is possible. When your goals turn into reality, you can have the satisfaction of reaching your destination. 

While these are just a few tips to get the ball rolling, there’s more than one way to plan for your future. Sometimes, the whole process can seem stressful and overbearing, but remind yourself that you’re in charge of your tomorrow. Choose the path that suits you best. Your future eagerly awaits your next steps.  

Shwetha Mahendran