6 tips to help you build a career you love
Do you want to enjoy your career? You should know a few tips to help with career development. Read on for some essential tricks.
1. Know your strengths and interests
One of the most important tips to help develop your career is to know what interests you and what you’re good at. If you aren’t interested in something, it can be hard to find job satisfaction. And if you aren’t good at something, you’ll need to spend time improving before you can start to do well at work.
For example, maybe you’re passionate about health and are good at science,so you decide to work for USANA Health Sciences. With this job intersecting your passions and talents, it can be the perfect fit. No matter what you studied in school, find something that you can succeed at to help build a fulfilling career.
2. Set goals
After you figure out what you want to do for your career, you can set some short and long-term goals. Having goals can give your career some direction, and it can help keep you on track.
For example, maybe you don’t have a job, so your goal is to land a job in the next month. Or maybe you want to get a promotion in the next year, so you make that your goal.
Whatever your goal is, write it down and remind yourself of it each day. Then, you can take steps to reach it, such as applying for jobs or going above and beyond at work.
3. Start a side project
If you can’t find a job in your dream field, you may want to start a project on the side. That way, you can get experience in the industry and get your name out there. When you start to apply for relevant jobs, you can mention that project in your resume or cover letter. In some cases, your side project may even get people to notice you and ask for an interview.
Or you may be able to turn that project into a full-time business if that’s something you want. Then, you can work for yourself and do more projects. And you can create a career that you enjoy and want to do each day.
4. Build your network
A network is an essential part of your career, and you can use it to get jobs or other opportunities. If you haven’t already, you should start networking with others in your industry. Luckily, you can do this in person and online, like on the UTS Professional Networking Platform.
Create a LinkedIn profile and connect with professionals that do what you want to do. You can also network with others in Facebook Groups or on Twitter or Instagram. Look for local networking events and consider traveling to a regional or national convention for your industry. Then, you can meet even more people.
5. Don’t stop learning
Even after you finish school and uni, you should keep learning about your industry and position. This is especially important if you work in the tech or digital marketing world. Things change frequently and what you learned in school may not apply years later.
Take time each month or so to read a book or an article or watch a video. Find someone in your industry that you trust to provide good information. Then, you can learn more and implement what you learn to keep developing your career.
6. Be flexible
As you develop your career, you may need to make changes. For example, what you wanted to do when you graduated uni may not be the same after a couple of years. Or maybe your job requires new skills, or you need to move to keep your job.
Whatever the case is, you need to be as flexible as possible. That way, you can keep building your career and advancing in your field. You won’t get left behind and risk losing your job because you aren’t able to adapt to new situations.
Career development never stops until you retire, so you should know a few tips to help. Then, you can build a career that you enjoy.
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Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and workplace tips. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing the little ones around or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.