When it comes to furthering your career, it can be really difficult to know where to start. Whether you’re stuck in a job you hate or just graduating out of University – taking that first step to change can be incredibly scary.
Whilst I know not everyone will have an easy route into furthering their career, I wanted to help make your path a little bit easier by sharing 10 ways in which you could progress professionally and why you should consider doing it.
What Should You Further Your Career?
If you’re unsure whether or not you want to put the time and effort into furthering your career, here are a couple of reasons you should definitely consider it:
If you’re currently in a job that isn’t giving you job satisfaction because it’s not challenging enough, moving on and stepping up the career ladder is a great way to give yourself the challenge you need. It may take a couple of months to settle into your new job, but you’ll soon find it makes it you much happier than you were before.
One of the most attractive reasons for furthering your career is that 99% of the time it will come with a nice pay rise. If you’re finding you are not happy on the wage you’re on, considering your options for progressing professionally will definitely help.
Although it may seem like you have to work harder to progress, often that’s not the case. If you’re already in a high position, making it even higher may mean you have a chance to choose your own hours and flexibility. This is great for parents that want to spend more time with their kids as they can easily choose a work schedule that suits their home life.
It’s definitely hard work, but the results speak for themselves.
Ways To Further Your Career
There are so many different ways in which you can help to further your career, including:
Take On Extra Work In Your Current Role
If you like the company you work for and you think you’d be happy moving up the career ladder there, why not consider taking on extra work in your current role?
Showing your management team that you’re commited and dedicated to the company by taking on a couple of extra tasks will help them see that you’re perfect for a promotion should one arise. Often business is all about putting in what you want to get back, so bear that in mind if you want to progress.
If this is a route you’re going to take you to need to be careful to not offer up too much for free. If you find taking on extra tasks results in your job role changing you may want to discuss asking for a promotion. Which brings me nicely onto the next point…
Ask For A Promotion
Although this isn’t for everyone, asking for a promotion is one of the most successful ways to progress your career.
If you’ve been working in your current role for a long time, taking the time to talk to your manager about your future at the company is never a bad thing. It shows determination, tenacity, confidence and most importantly – dedication. Whilst it may not result in a promotion right away, it’s the perfect way to let your managers know what you’re looking for.
Do An Online Course
If you want to progress in your career but you don’t think you have this skills needed, taking an online course is a great way to get the training you need. Although it is often an expensive route to take, taking the initiative to go out and get the qualifications you need on your own shows how much your career means to you – something both new and exisiting employers will look for in a person.
The best way to find out which online course is most suited to your role is to do research into all of the available courses and find out what roles people have then gone on to take once they’ve passed. This information is usually readily available on the course site but if they don’t have it, it may be worth getting in touch with them. For more information on taking online courses, you can visit this handy guide here.
Start Your Own Business
If you think the next step in your career is to go it alone and start your own business, why not get started as soon as you possibly can? Whilst starting your own business definitely isn’t an easy decision to make, for some, it’s the ultimate way to progress your career.
If you don’t think you can leave your job straight away – try starting your business on the side instead. This is a great way to test the waters and see whether or not your business idea has the potential to make you more money than you would make if you were to stay in your current position. It’s a scary thought, but definitely, an exciting prospect when you think about it.
Go Back To University (Or Do A Postgraduate Course)
If you want to progress into a career that requires a certain degree or level of training, why not consider going back to University, or doing a Postgraduate course? Starting University as a mature student isn’t for everybody, so often you’ll find you can find the exact same course you want to take is available in an online format. For more information on studying a degree online, you can click here for the website.
Get Involved With Networking Events
You know the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ – well it’s true. Attending networking events are a great way to meet new people that can help you progress in your career.
The more people you know and have a relationship with, the more likely you are to be recommended to a job. My best advice is to go to as many networking events in your niche as you possibly can, you never know where it may lead to.
Apply For A New Job
As simple as it may sound, applying for a new job is a great way to further your career. Try aiming for positions that are above the one you’re currently in, ensuring that no matter which job you go for it’s always going to be a step up. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the necessary experience yet, as long as you get it across in your application that you’re willing to learn and go the extra mile, you’ll have a good chance of getting a face-to-face interview.
Join LinkedIn And Network Online
LinkedIn is a great social media platform for those that want to expand on their professional network, but don’t have the opportunity to attend networking events.
For those that have never used LinkedIn before, it’s a social media platform that allows you to create a profile based on your current and previous experience. The profile acts as your online CV that is shown to people as you connect with them through the platform. You can post updates, search for jobs and network with people over private message.
Whilst it’s not a great platform for everyone, a lot of people have been headhunted through the network so it’s definitely worth signing up and engaging with influential people in your industry. For a guide on how to get started on LinkedIn and the benefits of using it for business, you can visit this handy site here.
Start A Side Hustle
If you want to gain business experience alongside your job, starting a side hustle is a great way to do this. There are lots of different things you can do including joining a multi-level marketing scheme (like Avon or Forever Living), starting your own business creating products or offering your services to people online on a freelance basis. Whatever you decide to do, you can guarantee you’ll learn skills that will help you progress in your career.
An attribute recruiters often look for when hiring for a high-profile or well sought after position is dedication. Whilst you may be a very dedicated person often it’s hard to show that in an interview. Having volunteer work on your CV, however, is a great way to demonstrate how much of a hard worker you are, and that you’ve been dedicated to a good cause for a number of years.
If you’re interested in getting started in volunteer work but don’t know where to start, try searching for the different positions you can take and work out which one is best suited to your skills. If you’re lucky you may find a suitable position that will help you can new and valuable skills you can take into your new career.
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your top tips in the comment section below!