Written in collaboration with Emily Jones.
Everyone at some point in their career feels they need a boost to make that extra step towards their new goals. Careers develop and shift over time, and there are many things that you can do to improve your career and align your actions with your goals.
Here are 5 things you can do to improve your career starting now:
Learn a new language
Learning a new language can open the door to new job opportunities within your current company, in a new industry, or to your dream job. It is a skill that many companies and roles require, as communicating with colleagues within a company and with clients requires more than one language.
You can master a foreign language fast by using language-learning apps. For example Babbel, available on iOS and Android, is very intuitive and convenient to learn a new language, especially on the go. Choose a language that aligns with your personal and business goals, and you’ll be even more motivated to learn!
Read industry news
Staying up to date with industry news will give you the insight you need in order to align your career goals with where the market is going. It is also enables you to have more in depth conversations with other professionals in your industry, and this alone could improve your career and open a new door for you.
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Amp up your network
Your network is more important nowadays than ever. If you are seeking a new opportunity, looking to expand in your current role and improve your career overall, amping up your network is essential.
Share your career goals with your trusted network, as this could mean getting connected to an opportunity that someone in your network may think you would be great for. Follow up with new contacts you meet and foster a relationship with them. Remember to pay it forward and do the same for your own contacts!
Make a medium-long term career plan
Goals are great to work towards, and a medium-long term career plan will have you thinking ‘big picture’ and fine-tuning your goals to support that plan. It’s more than ok for your career plan to shift over time, but you want to have something to work towards. Along the way, you never know what you may learn or discover you are interested in and this could add to or ultimately end up shifting your career plan.
So reflect on what your goals are, sit down, and write it out. What does your 1-year, 5-year, 10-year, 20-year career plan look like? What do you need to do to get there?
Improve your communication skills
Your communication skills, and soft skills in general, are essential to your career. Whether you are communicating with your boss or colleagues, interviewing for a job, managing a conflict at work, negotiating a salary bump, or expressing why you deserve that promotion, you want your communication skills to be as sharp as possible!
These are only 5 of the many other things that you can do for your career! A good starting point is figuring out the direction you want to go in and what skills and professional development aligns with your goals. It is important to always be learning, and you can really improve your career if you hold true to that.