|Always keep an open mind. This will
you for change. Prepare your mind for an "Adaptation Mindset". This
dramatically reduce your stress level and will place yourself above
when the time comes for the need to take on new ways of doing your job.
Its a means by which you can stay a happier person. Change is a very
key to advancement.
Always accept transfers to other areas of the business as long as they are a step in the right direction. In other words, it provides you with new learning opportunities with different or more advanced equipment. At the very least it will build a good resume for you when it comes time for a promotion or change of employer.
Always accept and ask for training courses and special assignments and cross training requests.
If there is an opportunity for you to do something new and learn something new, go for it! Be the first to ask for the new job at your plant when it comes up. Be the first to stick up your hand if there is a special project for equipment installation and commissioning. If they have ideas about cross training be the first in line. If there is a committee formed to deal with and resolve problems at the plant, be on it. All these will broaden your horizons. And when it comes time to ask some one to work some overtime you will be one of the first asked. Overtime is usually double time and if its on a statutory holiday you could get quadruple time depending what part of the world you work in. That's the process where you start to bring in the big bucks. That's where I made my six figure income year after year.
Bouncing around to different areas, jobs and projects allows you to meet new faces and to network. This opens up the door to greater growth and financial reward in your organization. The more you know, the more valuable you become to your boss, to yourself and to other potential employers if you decide to move on to greener pastures at some time for what ever reasons.
What benefits you also benefits your employer, so never feel squeamish about being aggressive in pursuing new work experiences and training.
The flip side is, there will be times when your employer will ask you to take a transfer or a job within the company that will not benefit you but does benefit the company. This is where your ability to make good judgments will play a big part in your success. Keep in mind the short term out look for the position suggested to you by the company may not look good. Look at the long term. There may be some hefty dividends payable a little further down the line.
Other things to consider are, if you are going for a job either in the company or outside the company, always talk to the people you will be working with. Talk to the other operators, the guys you are going to be working with closely. They can give you the inside story. Its paid off a number of times for me. Once it saved me from taking a bad job. Another time it allowed me to get exactly what I wanted in a power play situation. An operator working at the plant I wanted to transfer to teamed up with me, as what I wanted reinforced what he wanted. We reviewed management's position and their options and realized we had the negotiating advantage, so we developed our strategy, stuck to our guns and we both got what we were looking for. It can be a game of chess at times. Always do recognizance. If pays big dividends.
If there is negotiating to be done always do it with a smile on your face. Be pleasant. Be tactful. Even if they are not. Remember they could be your bosses if you take the job. You want them to respect you, not fear you or resent you. If you have done your home work, you will know if you can come from a position of strength or not. If you get on board with these guys you will earn a reputation as some one to be reckoned with and not to be taken lightly. Always stick up for yourself in a respectable and tactful manner. If you offend someone in doing it this way, you haven't lost much. Feel free to be a strong and good person. They need you more than you need them.
Always go for what satisfies you the most, weather it be money or prestige. By the way, they don't go hand in hand. If you want the prestige job with the company car, the perks and all the politics you can tolerate then, jump on it. Just don't expect the big pay check. Don't expect to be able to go and do anything on your days off that you want because you will be attached to a pager or cell phone 24 hours a day and working week ends as well as the intense competition at that level of management. Not my idea of a life but, for some it is.
Competition is tough in middle management and few make it beyond that point unless they are true workaholics and put in 12 hour days 6 to 7 days a week. Many of these types never have a decent home life and some are down right miserable and treat their subordinates the same way. It takes a rare and strong individual to keep an even keel when sailing through these waters.
Even if you are not the workaholic type, getting involved in middle management in a large corporation can soon have you towing the line of the standard culture of that business. Often your survival instinct will kick in causing you to do what is necessary to survive amongst the wolves. The culture will manipulate your mind and your value system. Then, before you know it, you are one of them. You’ve gone to the dark side. So know what's in store before you make the leap to management. You'll be a happier person for it.
This is a career where you can jump from job to job. Preferably from within the same company. Or from company to company as an employee or as a self employed contractor. The more equipment you have experience with the more adaptable, flexible, confident and valuable you become. Its what you make it to be.
For many careers with true potential it may take 20 to 30 years to make it to the top of your profession. With P.E.T. or Sstationary Engineering it may take as little as 5 years to make it (I’m talking about a 2nd Class ticket when I say 5 years). And who says you have to make it to the top? you can stop at any point where you are satisfied with your income, the job you perform, the people you work with and the lifestyle you have accomplished for yourself.
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