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How to be successful at workplace?

I am 23 years old and I am currently working in downtown toronto earning 20$/h. The job is related to my field accounting and I graduated in Dec with an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and started working in Jan 2012.

Now my dream is to reach six figures as quickly as possible. Like before I turn 30. Is it possible? How much hard work is required to achieve success? What did u guys do to prosper at workplace?

I would appreciate if people here who were once in my position and are now very successful to provide me with some tips.
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1. Be good at what you do (dont have to be the best)
2. Get noticed for it
3. Walk into a local Chapters and head over to the business / self-improvement section and pick up anyone of the thousands of books on this topic ........ the underlying themes are generally all the same
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Get your CA or CMA as quickly as possible.

You'll be closer to 80k a year soon after. Then rinse and repeat the do a good job and get noticed for it.
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tebore wrote:
Apr 7th, 2012 12:47 pm
Get your CA or CMA as quickly as possible.

You'll be closer to 80k a year soon after. Then rinse and repeat the do a good job and get noticed for it.

I am currently doing my CGA. Since I am working full time. I am taking one CGA course per semester. So it could easily take me 3-4 years to complete my CGA considering I have to do Laurentian University courses as well to obtain a degree.
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saadt1988 wrote:
Apr 7th, 2012 12:49 pm
I am currently doing my CGA. Since I am working full time. I am taking one CGA course per semester. So it could easily take me 3-4 years to complete my CGA considering I have to do Laurentian University courses as well to obtain a degree.

That's a good start. I know a few others who went the CMA + MBA + Full time work at Laurier.

See if you can accelerate it. I knew a few people who are doing more than 1 a term. It's a struggle.

Edit: Sorry I thought I read Laurier in your post.
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Being successful is not a science, but more of an art. There is no guarantee.

Maybe the boss like someone else better than you. Then the guy even if he is less qualified, less hard working, getting notice more even if they are completely dumb can move up faster than you.

A guy who is best qualified, hard working, and only get notice for doing wrong things will not get anywhere. The boss might be bias and don't like him, so he is not moving up no matter what he does.
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spike1128 wrote:
Apr 7th, 2012 12:58 pm
Being successful is not a science, but more of an art. There is no guarantee.

Maybe the boss like someone else better than you. Then the guy even if he is less qualified, less hard working, getting notice more even if they are completely dumb can move up faster than you.

A guy who is best qualified, hard working, and only get notice for doing wrong things will not get anywhere. The boss might be bias and don't like him, so he is not moving up no matter what he does.

So whats the solution to this problem? My boss likes me but the problem is that my job is a contract job. So I am not sure whether I will be staying here for long.
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I might have got a little angry at you in another thread, so hopefully you don't just skip this post.

I think it is very good you are heading towards designation. That should be your main goal, once you get to that level you will already have some form of success.

For now, just work hard and learn the ins and outs of doing accounting work. Don't get stuck doing the same job everyday until you finish your CGA. Why? Because you should get exposed to different tasks.

I know a number of people who barely squeaked by, planned to get some form of designation, but for some reason settled for a job that wasn't that difficult.

Perhaps you just want an easy job, but since you want to be successful, you have to do more than average.

Good luck and you should feel somewhat glad that you are in a contract position.

If you do well, perhaps the company will take you on permanently, if not you can always look for another.
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degree/designation or anything that builds your resume to get the job.
social skills to move up the ladder.
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hybridfx2 wrote:
Apr 8th, 2012 9:07 pm
degree/designation or anything that builds your resume to get the job.
social skills to move up the ladder.

So if im shy and quiet with designation and very good skills. I wont move up the ladder?
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saadt1988 wrote:
Apr 9th, 2012 9:38 am
So if im shy and quiet with designation and very good skills. I wont move up the ladder?
Nope.
renoldman wrote:
Apr 8th, 2012 8:05 am

I think it is very good you are heading towards designation. That should be your main goal, once you get to that level you will already have some form of success.
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Designations aren't a goal, they are par for the course.


OP, go read a book called Winning by Jack Welch.
He breaks down the qualities in star workers quite well. Quick summary:
1) Energy - Positive energy
2) Ability to Energize
3) Edge - ability to make tough calls
4) Execution - ability to get things done
5) Passion - gotta love what you do, the people, the job, the corporation etc.

The simple fact is that education, skills, ability etc. are simply expected. You won't even get in the front door without these things. But once you are in, none of that matters.
This isn't to say that a quiet mouse won't get far, but they will have to work much harder than the guy who's got the same abilities but is also an outspoken individual.
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Shameless social butterflying + being at least decent at your job will get you FAR.

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