The days of joining as a junior and working your way up the company until your retirement are long gone. Is the idea of the career path about to go into retirement? For many of us, the answer is yes. The ladder for progression is more of a series of vines, these days. That’s why it’s important to develop skills and plot out each turn in your career. Milestones and measurement are what it’s all about.
Grow your knowledge and skills
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It’s amazing how easily these steps can fall off the radar in a job where you are constantly busy or feeling demotivated. Our tip? Make time for them – they’re crucial. Figure out your knowledge gaps and where you need a bit more training, and fix it.
- Read as much as you can – articles, blogs, newsletters, ingest them all and share points of interest with your co-workers.
- Take online courses – there are plenty of them out there, and some are free.
- Enrol in further study – let your boss know that you need a specific course in order to succeed. You may get support: finance, time off, etc.
- Book conferences – if you find an event that is relevant to your job or career, attend. Take notes and photos and present your learnings back.
Get outside your comfort zone and make these areas part of your job. If you can establish yourself as a subject matter expert in your organisation, it is extremely valuable at annual review time.
Build mutually beneficial relationships
Networking isn’t just a buzz word. Having a diverse group of co-workers and mentors around you is an excellent way to bounce ideas around and get some honest, useful feedback.
Getting the most out of the relationships you have in the workplace means understanding how to communicate with different people and being able to bring out the best in each other. In the case of influential people in your organisation, understand their motivations, needs, and pain points, and make yourself an invaluable part of the solution.
Maintain great mental and physical health
As encompassing and effective as workplace work/life balance policy and company culture can be, at the end of the day – our wellbeing is in our own hands.
If we are tired and overworked, we become unwell and demotivated. Our work suffers, our relationships suffer, our career grinds to a standstill, and our lives are generally not a picture of happiness and health.