We live in a time where education has become increasingly more expensive! Yet, the rate of those getting a higher form of education stays the same.
Regardless of your decision on whether or not to pursue college, you will quickly realize that learning is an intricate part of every career field. Some require more hands-on learning, others simply memorization, but it’s present in every field!
One thing I realized when I graduated from college was how important it is to engage in activities that further your career. Whether it’s more educational based, like attending a seminar, or more relationship based, like meeting with a mentor, it is important. It is also better to realize this sooner than later because these methods of furthering your career are things you can do throughout the entirety of your life.
To make this process easier for you, I put together a list of 10 things that will help you further your career. To note, there are many more you can do, but these are fundamental!
Spend time simply being in solitude and reflection with yourself. We live in a society that pushes busy busy busy, but sometimes it’s important to just be. You might think, self-reflection isn’t furthering my career, but you’d be surprised at how valuable it can be. I, personally, only decided to quit my corporate job after I took an entire day to just reflect on my next steps. For some of us, reflection comes easy. Some of us are dreams, we see our dreams, and we decide that’s what we want in life.
2. Read The Work Of Those You Want To Emulate
Reading is incredibly important! It helps us become better writers, expands our vocabulary, and teaches us new things. It’s also important to read materials that pertain to your industry. Chances are that many have gone before you in your career field, and have written about it.
Whether you are a copywriter, a fashion blogger, a financial consultant, or a teacher of sorts, there is material out there you should be reading! If you are unsure of where to start, ask someone in your industry that you look up to if they have any suggestions. Chances are they will!
3. Hangout With A Mentor
Whether you grab lunch, or just spend a few minutes talking over coffee, hearing from someone you admire in your industry is always worthwhile. It allows a space for you to ask questions, bounce ideas off of, and just listen. If you don’t already have a mentor in your industry, find one! It’s super important and will help you incredibly.
4. Learn To Compliment
This might sound strange to you, but one of the easiest ways to connect with someone you admire in your industry is leading by a compliment. You love their work, why not exclaim that in your LinkedIn message. Most people that have made it did not see their success overnight. They had people who they also looked up to, and went to for advice.
Chances are if you reach out and tell them why you love what they do, or the brand they have made surrounding themselves, they’ll be more than happy to answer a question or two of yours.
5. Re-Do Your Resume, Website, Business Cards, Etc
People care about appearance. Whether it is the way your resume looks or the way you present yourself at a meeting; it’s important! If you haven’t picked up on this yet, you will soon, but it’s better than you do now.
If you feel like your resume or your business cards are top notch, then that’s great! But if you feel like changes could be made – invest in it and do it. Potential contacts and employers will notice, especially important if you work in a creative field.
6. Turn Your Passion Into A Side Hustle
I went to college for policy and started working in the political field shortly after. I’ve always loved politics, but where my passion lied was with writing. Luckily for me, I had a great mentor who really opened my eyes to the world of freelance.
I started freelancing small at first but quickly was able to increase my customers. After a year, I was able to launch my freelancing gig into my full-time job. If you are hesitant, just test the waters. You never know til you try!
This one might sound silly, but I wish someone had told me how important rest was from a time I was little. In a fast-paced society that places emphasis on being “busy,” it’s important to take time for yourself and just rest.
So many women in the United States alone deal with adrenal fatigue, without even knowing it. It is incredibly easy to become burnt out, which is why keeping a schedule that includes rest is important!
8. Have A Professional In Your Field Go Over Your Resume/Portfolio
This is extremely important! Not only does the look of your resume matter, but the actual content does even more. If you can get someone in your industry to look it over, and give you feedback, then it can help you hone in on what’s necessary and what’s not.
Resumes are difficult, and different industries care about them in different ways. If you haven’t taken time to figure out how professionals in your specific career path feel about them, then now is the time!
9. Do Something That Scares You
Whenever I tell someone to do this, their first reaction is almost always, “So you want me to hold a snake?”
No! Never, I’m actually deathly afraid of snakes myself. What I am saying, is do something that you’ve been wanting to do forever. Force yourself to gain the courage to send the email you’ve been dreading, or sign up for the class you’ve been scared of taking or advertise the product you’ve wanted to sell.
Take a chance, step out into the light, and see what happens!
10. Write Something
You might be thinking, “but I’m not a copywriter or any type of writer for that matter. Why do you want me to write?”
Writing is not just for writers. It’s for everyone! Google your profession and “books” and a list will come up. That is because whether you are a hairdresser, an accountant, or a coach, you have something to teach others.
The first time you pick up a pen, or open your laptop, don’t try to write a book. Just let yourself write freely! You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with when you let yourself free.
I hope these tips help! Feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments.
P.S. One of my favorite habits is reflecting. It helps in various ways, including your career path! If you want to learn more check out my post here:“Reflecting On the Importance Of Reflection.”