Whether you are a recent graduate or you have been working in your chosen field for many years, it is always beneficial to take steps to boost your career development. After all, your company and manager may have some say in the amount of progress that you make, but ultimately, the responsibility for improving your career lies with you. Read on for some tips that will help you get ahead.
Take a Course
Everyone can benefit from improving his or her leadership skills, both at work and otherwise. Research self improvement courses near you to find one that is a good fit for you. If you are a manager, taking one of these courses will help you to do a better job leading your team. If not, you will nonetheless become more adept at succeeding within your company’s particular culture. You may even acquire valuable skills for navigating relationships with family and friends! There are both virtual and in-person options available.
Build Your Network
It is enormously helpful to have a strong network of colleagues who also work in your field, and a large part of building and maintaining the connections within your network is being active on LinkedIn. Make sure that you have a recent, professional-looking profile photo and that your work and educational information are up to date, and send connection requests to current and former colleagues. Especially if you are currently looking for a new job, it is a good idea to engage with the content that your connections post and post original content of your own.
Virtual and in-person networking events are another great way to grow your roster of professional colleagues. Check with your college or workplace or go online to find relevant events.
Set Measurable, Achievable Goals
Think about the way your career looks now and how you would like it to look next year or 5 or 10 years down the road, then set goals. Make sure that they are easy to measure. For example, instead of setting the goals of earning more money or leading a larger team, have numbers in mind. Consider meeting with your manager or a trusted manager to determine the best way to turn your goals into reality.
Getting ahead at work is not always easy, and there will always be intervening factors outside of your control. Still, it is important to keep in mind that there are many ways for you to work towards your ideal future.