It could be that you want to climb the ladder of your existing career or want to change direction totally. Whichever the case may be, there are things you can do to open doors and give you more choices of the way you move forward. The more options you have, the better, as you are more likely to be contented in your work.
Research has shown that most people spend at least 8 hours a day at work, often longer. This equates to one-third of your life being spent in your job. Several years ago, a Gallup poll found that 70% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Don’t be part of the majority and use the tips below to help you make better career choices.
Don’t Delay Tasks
Don’t delay important tasks as this can affect your job performance and career prospects. It can help to make a daily list of things you must do and work your way through them one by one. In the meantime, other things will crop up that need dealing with, but finishing your list every day will make you a more productive employee.
If you are working on a project that has a deadline, don’t procrastinate until the last minute. Many people say they work better under pressure, but in reality, you are more likely to make a mistake if you are rushing. Be prepared and finish tasks on time and you will produce a better quality of work. This will help with any evaluations your employer does and will be noted if a promotion opportunity arises.
Consider Further Education
These days, it is much simpler to gain further education because of the advent of online courses. For instance, you could complete an online bba degree which would help to prepare you for moving into management. Online courses are a great way to earn extra credentials as you can work on them at the same time as being employed.
Regardless of whether you earn more qualifications in the line of work you are already in, or get a degree in something new, further education is one of the best ways you can give yourself more career choices. Some companies will even pay for online courses for you if they think you are an employee worth investing in.
If your boss wants volunteers to take on a task you are not familiar with, accept the challenge and learn new skills at the same time. This will not only increase your knowledge base, but it will show your employer that you are not frightened to try something new. This will make you a more valuable member of their team and could lead to a promotion or more supervisory role. You could also find that you really enjoy your new skills, and this could make you change your chosen career path.
Know Your Industry
All industries and professions have magazines, forums, and professional bodies. Most of them are online and you should read them to keep up to date with the latest industry news and innovations. Being knowledgeable about the line of business you work in can be a huge advantage when opportunities come your way. For instance, if you spot a job that would mean you moving a step nearer to your goal, any potential employer would be impressed with someone who keeps up to date with things in the industry they are working in.
Even in your current job, your employers will know that you care enough to take an interest, and that has to be good for your future prospects with the company.
You cannot expect an existing or potential employer to have any confidence in you if you have none in yourself. Whether you are talking to them in person, on the phone or by email, never have any doubts in your own abilities, and then they will not doubt you either.
With confidence comes trust, and if you want to be able to progress in your career, you will need people to trust you to carry out the tasks in hand.
Be a Good Communicator
You need to be able to hone your communication skills to deal with whatever situation you find yourself in. Discussing projects with your workmates will probably come naturally, but if senior management approaches you about something, or you need to deal with a customer, you should be able to communicate just as easily.
Especially with people senior to you, they will remember that you were personable and knew what you were talking about, and that is likely to bring you to mind when a promotion situation arises.
Your job description will state what work you should be doing. However, there will be times when other workers are on vacation or off sick, where help may be needed with other jobs. Do not stick rigidly to what your contract says. Be flexible and show that you are prepared to do other work if the need comes around.
If ever you want to rise to management level, you will have to be willing to do any job that needs someone on it, and showing your employer how flexible you are can only help with any promotion aspirations you may have.
Every employee has a value to their employer. Know what you are worth, and if you are not sure, look at other jobs. Compare what other people in the same line of work are earning, and if your boss cannot match it, look for something else. You never know what chances you are missing by not looking at the jobs available on the open market, and it also gives you the opportunity to see if you are being undervalued.
Set Your Goals
Give yourself a set of goals for the next five years and do all you can to achieve them. You may have to alter them along the way, but think how satisfying it will be to reach your aims. Don’t give up if something does not go to plan but recognize what went wrong so you can prevent it from happening again. The world is your oyster, you just have to make the most of all chances that come your way.