4 Things You Can Do to Advance Your Career

I know, I know, this isn’t typically a topic we cover here on The Road to Domestication. But I figured in the in the middle of all of this COVID-19 mess that we’re currently experiencing, I know MANY folks who have lost their jobs. Thought I might try to at least be a little helpful in that regard! So if YOU are one of those folks, stay strong and read this post! I hope with all my heart you find it helpful!

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Career planning is essential if you wish to progress professionally. If you’re currently stuck in a position that isn’t giving you job satisfaction or believe you’re not getting the chance to progress as quickly as hoped, it may be time you come up with a plan of action to advance your career. At this stage, you may be unsure how to get out of your daily rut and secure the job of your dreams. This guide will provide some useful pointers on how to take your career to the next level. Take a look at just a few helpful hints below.

Create goals and a time frame

Before you can work out how you’re going to advance your career, you’ll need to come up with a set of goals and an allocated time frame. Without the pressure of hitting a deadline, you’ll be less likely to meet your goals as soon as you had hoped. A time frame will allow you to keep track of your progress and put the fire in your belly to achieve.

Setting goals is a vital step in a career plan. It would be a good idea to write them down and discuss them with friends or colleagues. In doing so, you’ll feel obliged to stick them out and prove what you’re capable of.

Network

You should never overlook the act of networking when it comes to career enhancement. As the saying goes, ‘it’s not what you know – but who you know,’ and the same goes for employment. Spending a little bit of time each day to make connections with other professionals in your field could be your best plan of action to give your career a much-needed push. Those you build relationships with may forward opportunities onto you, offer advice, or even send job offers if they own a business.

Create a personal development plan

As part of your strategy, it would be wise to create a personal development plan (PCP) to steer your career in the right direction. You can use this structure to think about a few factors, such as:

  • Analyzing the skills you acquire
  • Pinpointing the skills that you need to push your career forwards
  • Understanding what you want to accomplish and why

In most cases, you’ll need to gain additional qualifications to move to the next level of your career, which may mean taking some time out of employment to study. CampusReel is a great resource to find out more about colleges around the U.S.A and should help you come to a decision on which institution will best enhance your career prospects.

Get rid of self-doubt

While you should never fib about successes in your resume, your attitude can make changes happen. Self-doubt can escalate into a debilitating mentality, which prevents you from stepping out of your comfort zone and moving forwards in both your personal and professional life. Having minor nerves known as adrenaline can be useful during interviews and presentations to help you perform well, but it shouldn’t encompass you.

Best of luck to you in your steps towards career advancement!

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