Do you feel stuck in a work-related slump? Or wish to bring your A-game to the workplace?
We have all been in this situation at least once in our lifetime. While starting careers after graduation from college, almost everybody dreams of becoming successful quickly. Everybody wants to land their dream job (read: the one that aligns with one’s passion and also pays well).
However, that seldom happens. Due to the difficult economic environment that all of us are living under, we often find ourselves working in a job that we are neither passionate about nor pays well. Also, many ambitious souls find it difficult to climb up the corporate ladder simply because they lack the skills required to perform the higher-level role.
If it helps ease your pain, things have been this way for the generations before us too. Yet, many fought against the odds and achieved what they desired which means that it is not an impossible task. If other professionals before you could do it, so can you. Don’t let your spirits down. Start following these tips today and ensure career success for the times to come.
1. Find a Mentor
If you wish to achieve big and quick, there’s no substitute for having a mentor. No matter what industry you are a part of, chances are somebody must have already achieved what you wish to achieve. In the course of their success, they must have made a few mistakes and learned from them.
Following a mentor will help you learn from his / her journey. More than what s/he did right, you can learn from the mistakes so that you can avoid making the same type of mistakes yourself. Following a mentor has become easy now that you have all the information about influential people readily available via the Internet.
A lot of experts have also published their autobiographies which you can read to learn from their struggles and mistakes.
2. Learn a New Skill
Gone are the days when you had to enroll for weekend classes or evening classes to learn new skills. Thanks to the Internet, you can enroll yourself for online classes and learn whenever the time permits that too from the comfort of your home.
Many learning websites provide online classes for free also. You can either learn a completely new skill or choose to learn something relevant to your field of work to help ‘up your game’ at the workplace.
Translation and interpretation services are considered to be one of the fastest-growing industries. Languages such as German, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are in high demand amongst companies looking to expand their global presence, hence offering lucrative employment opportunities.
3. Learn a New Language
Yes, this could have easily been covered in the above point. However, you must take notice of this tip separately. While learning new skills will prepare you to perform better at your current job role better, learning a new language will increase your value in the job market. Additionally, knowing a second language will open up more new opportunities for you in not just your current field and country but in other fields and countries as well.
4. Work on Your Public Speaking Skills
Communication skills are of utmost importance especially if you wish to climb up the corporate ladder. Even if you are a pro at what you do, good communication skills will still be the single factor that will differentiate you from the competitor. To improve your communication and public speaking skills, you can observe the top people in your organization, read books, and take help from online tutorials.
5. Make Strong Professional Connections
Most people don’t realize it but networking is indeed crucial if you wish to succeed in your career. Having strong connections with professionals from your field opens you to unknown opportunities. Therefore, you must build relationships with your colleagues and stay in touch with your ex-colleagues. Consider expanding your current network by going to different meetups and networking events that keep happening for people in your profession. You might find it difficult in the beginning but it gets easy with time.
The best way to go about planning your career is to first visualize where you want to see yourself in the next 5-10 years from now. Doing so will help you in determining the steps you need to take right now to get where you wish to reach in the future.