Feb 24, 2016 06:13 AM EST

Your Boss Won’t Tell You These 3 Things About Advancing Your Career

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If you are waiting for your boss to coach you on how to manage your career, I wish you luck. This is not an overarching statement, but most bosses are too tied up in their administrative work (about 24 percent of the time) as against providing training and development to his employees (just about 3.3 hours every week).

But there are bosses that take real concern of their 'wards' and spend time in developing their skills based on their talents. Lucky you, if you have this kind of supervisor. Barring that, here are some concepts related to career goals that your boss may not tell you.

1. Be willing to modify your career goals

According to Dr. Caroline Simard, the associate director of Diversity and Leadership at the Stanford School of Medicine, you must not be averse to adjusting your career goals.

"If you're too attached to a very narrow definition of success or plan for your career, you will ignore amazing opportunities," she warned.

"Keep your eye on the goal, but don't stand in the way of the end result. Sometimes, that means doing a task that you're not particularly interested in. But if it's really important to achieving your vision, it's absolutely worth doing," she added.

2. Own up to it

When you make a mistake, accept the responsibility and don't try to put the blame on others.

"Even if you're a nice person with decent skills, I can't promote you if you refuse to accept the blame when you mess up," says Deborah Becker, owner of a State Farm Insurance agency in Wisconsin.

3. Your activities after office hours matter

Your boss will limit his watch over you during office hours since it is the only time when he is paying your time.But what you do after work impacts greatly as to whether you will achieve your goals or not. If you spend more time in self-development rather than plain entertainment, your career will pick up.

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