If you want to get the most out of the hours you put in at work, you need to learn how to properly manage your career.
You will be working 40 hours a week for the rest of your adult life and managing your job successfully will help you make the most of those hours.
Developing your skills and abilities will broaden your horizons and allow you to get better at what you do. This, in turn, can help you get ahead in your work and set you up for success.
Many employees have not thought about their options outside of their current position or the next promotion they would like, but they need to broaden their perspectives in the near term.
While fewer jobs become available as individuals move up the org chart, continuing to develop skills and experience should always be a goal for those seeking to make the most of their careers and find the perfect job.
If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Below are some practical tips you can follow if you want to continue building your career and achieve professional success.
1. Set small and regular goals
Annual reviews often focus on the objectives for the entire year. A year is a long time. In fact, it’s far too long to set solid, achievable goals. As a result, setting incremental goals throughout the year is significantly more productive.
Think about your daily tasks. What could you do to improve the quality of your work? Is there anything new you could learn to advance your career?
Think about this for a moment before making a list of goals related to these topics. And once you’ve set the goals, give yourself a deadline to learn these things.
If you’ve met the deadline, rate yourself to track your progress. It can also help to ask someone you trust with career advice to assess your new skills, to get an unbiased opinion. Do this for all your goals.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Success, according to the wisest of us, lies just outside our comfort zone. It goes without saying that you need to broaden your horizons and look beyond your field.
Aversion is the mother of evolution, so every now and then make a decision that terrifies you.
Don’t like giving speeches in front of a group? Start signing up for work presentations and networking activities.
Do you find it scary to speak your mind about the industry? Share your thoughts in a guest post somewhere and strive to do it the best you can.
Do you work as a makeup artist? Consider taking a chemistry class to learn more about the ingredients found in the products you use or learn how to develop your own line of products.
Are you a sister? Start a blog to build a brand and business!
Sign up for everything that drives you to achieve more and look for ways to broaden your horizons.
3. Ask for feedback
While self-evaluation is critical, it’s just as important to get feedback from those around you.
Ideally, you should get this type of feedback regularly to keep track of your development.
At the end of a meeting or presentation, for example, you can ask the attendees the following questions:
- Can you tell me which aspects of my presentation appealed to you?
- Can you think of anything that would make it even better?
These two questions can teach you a lot and reveal things you may not have known about your work and achievements.
Give it a shot and see what you come up with.
4. Keep your portfolio updated
Do you realize how many incredible things you have accomplished this year? Probably not, because you’re not collecting that great work somewhere for future reference.
There are a plethora of cloud storage options for this task. Having a strong portfolio of work you’re happy with is almost like writing your resume while you’re at it.
It’s also easy to share your work with your boss when it’s time for a review. If you have visual proof of your talents, you are better equipped to impress people.
Moreover, if a new job is offered, you will have your portfolio ready and you can grab this opportunity before anyone else does.
5. Get to know the industry you work in
Spend some time each week studying your industry or business and try to learn as much as you can about the field you work in.
Like being put to the test, you research your industry thoroughly and make it a point to stay abreast of new discoveries.
Ask questions about this, get curious and try to learn as much as possible from the people around you. This includes your bosses, co-workers, and even consumers who use your company’s products or services if you have access to them.
Develop in-depth knowledge of your industry and your business. And don’t be afraid to share what you’ve learned.
6. Read, learn and stay informed
The internet is full of new and amazing information, so make it a point to read as many articles, blogs, and news as possible about the work you do and the industry you belong to.
Spend time reading blogs both large and small, literature related to your field, business books that will make you think in a different way, and any interesting information you can find.
At the end of the day, instead of aimlessly searching for something to watch before going to bed, try looking for a documentary or film that can help you improve your knowledge of the industry you work in.
Reading new things can help you spark discussions when you are networking, as well as grow your own career by teaching you new things and providing you with work and life hacks to make your business life smoother expired.