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The former CEO of Johnson Controls, Alex A Molinaroli, has good advice for anyone looking to make a career change. In an interview with the Financial Times, he shares five basic moves to help you find success in your next job. “You can’t go wrong by doing any of these,” says Molinaroli about his five pieces of advice:

1. Focus On Sales

 “I’ve had jobs in engineering, finance, and accounting. The most interesting role to me is the one I gravitate towards. Once you learn you’re good at it, it’s hard not to find that rewarding.”

2. Aim At Being Your Boss

“I like to lead. I have good ideas, I know how it should be done, and I want people who are accountable to help me do it.”

3. Start Your Own Business

“If you’re confident enough to do that, think about starting something. The best way to get experience is by being in the trenches yourself.”

4. Gain A Global Perspective

Alex A Molinaroli studied as an exchange student in Spain, and as CEO of Johnson Controls, had more than 120 direct reports from 30 different countries. “People appreciate that you know what it’s like to live somewhere else,” he says. Think about multiple cultures in your business career, he suggests.

5. No Man Is an Island

 Always learn: “I never stop,” says Molinaroli. After graduating in engineering with a master’s degree, he went on to study for an MBA at Northwestern University and is learning Mandarin Chinese. “Each experience improves your outlook for the next one.” teamwork: “The more experience you have, the more your team will expect from you. You can’t depend on luck anymore.”

Five pieces of advice that Alex A Molinaroli had for those looking to make a career change: focus on sales, aim at being your boss, gain a global perspective, no man is an island; always be learning to take risks wisely: “Keep your expectations reasonable, the timing right and the risks manageable,” he says. “If you do that, you’ll have more success than failure.”

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