In today’s competitive world, most of us find ourselves awfully stressed about our careers. When we become stagnant, we tend to blame the external environment for our failures.
We are here to change your professional life for better and maybe even get that promotion you desire! Own the change you seek and you’ll be surprised at how much you can progress professionally, just by looking inward.
1. Research and stay updated
If you want to grow in your industry, it is essential to know everything that is relevant to the industry you are in. For one, the speed at which technology is advancing is disrupting many industries and careers. What was relevant two years ago may no longer be relevant today. It will also help you to understand the scope of your career and alert you to the opportunities available.
Reads books, journals, articles or even research on the internet. Make your face known and attend seminars and conferences. Knowing who the ‘it’ people of your industry are will help you to build long-term valuable professional relationships that might come in useful during the span of your career.
2. Take on freelance roles
If your employment contract and work schedule allows, you might want to try freelancing. It doesn’t have to relate to the current industry you are in, because freelancing can help you develop not just technical, but also soft skills.
It might even be an opportunity for you to work and make connections with some useful people in other industries. And the extra cash doesn’t hurt either!
3. Don’t underestimate the importance of soft skills
Even though being technically skilled is very important, employers are placing more emphasis on soft skills as well.
Your job will most likely require you to work closely with other colleagues or clients. A lack of soft skills might lead to communication breakdowns, poor management and low efficiency at work. Having strong soft skills will help you to work with others better and will often help to increase your productivity on a personal level too.
The fastest way to acquire soft skills is by investing in yourself. There are a lot of things that we invest in, hoping to get the best rewards. But, you are more likely to get the best return on investment on yourself. Take courses on the skills that are most in demand in your industry, the best time to use those $500 SkillsFuture credits!
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In the amidst of all this, don’t forget about technical skills either. This will not only help you excel in your current job but also improve your future job prospects.
4. Network, network, network!
Building relationships through networking is a great way to build your credibility and to gain fresh perspectives on your industry.
The most obvious way to network is by attending events and seminars. However, professional or business networking isn’t limited to just that. You can even network online through social media platforms like LinkedIn.
Not only will you be able to gain valuable advice, it will also help to increase professional contacts and improve your profile within the industry. You might even be at the top of their lists should they have a new job opportunity available.
5. Don’t be afraid to take professional risks
It’s always easy to stay in your comfort zone than to venture out and try new things. Even though the term risk is often associated with negative probabilities, it really isn’t all that bad. You just need to prep yourself for all of the possible outcomes relating to that risk.
The fear of the negative should not stop you from taking risks. Not all risks will be in your favour but not taking risks will cause you to stagnate, and fast. If you want to grow, you need to overcome the fear of failure. Of course, you will have to do the necessary preparation and research to mitigate the risk. Even if failure comes your way, you can only learn from your mistakes.
Sometimes, it’s that one leap of faith that can change lives!
6. Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses
We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Instead of pretending that we are perfect employees, acknowledging and dealing with your weaknesses can help you improve and develop a lot faster.
You can’t improve something you aren’t aware of. By knowing your weaknesses, you know what is holding you back and what you have to work on.
7. Do what you love!
Pursuing a career that you love will give you the motivation to work hard and give it your all.
In fact, you are more likely to succeed when you are happier. You will be far more innovative, passionate and determined. All of your efforts will be in vain if you don’t love your work.
While we like to blame others when we stop progressing at work, many a times we should be looking inward to see how we can improve ourselves.
Start following these tips and we guarantee that you’ll start to see yourself grow!
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