When it comes to your career, it’s always going to be important for you to find a pathway that you’re happy with. We all spend such a long time working, that it’s always going to be essential for us to enjoy the work that we do. Of course, you do have the option to work for a living, rather than live to work. But, if you’re an ambitious person and you have a passion for something in particular, it’s nice for you to be able to create a career that you’re proud of. So, how do you do this?
This is often one of the tasks that people are afraid to work on. They have these huge, wonderful, and exciting dreams that they want to pursue, but they have no idea how to chase them. Or just how to take the first step. And, not only that, but it can often be the case that it’s not that easy to believe in yourself. However, it is important to have confidence in your career choices and your abilities in order to get to where you want to be. And then, take the right steps too. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do, starting today.
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1. Decide What You Want
To start with, you’re going to want to make sure that you know what it is that you want. We’re all going to be working for set things in our careers, that’s just how things go. But what do you do when you’re not that happy with your current path? Maybe you want to make a change. Right now is the perfect time to look into your dream job. From cybersecurity careers to journalism careers – there are a lot of fields that are in demand. So if you’re serious about making a change, now is the time to decide what you want.
2. Set Goals
When you have worked out what you want, the next thing for you to do is to ensure that you have some goals in place. Now, on face value, career goals seem pretty easy to set, yet that’s not the case. They can actually be really complicated. Because if you want to get somewhere, you have to be specific about what you want to achieve. And that means setting goals that are going to guide you and support your career. Once you’ve set these in place, you may feel a little more excited to get started.
3. Create A Plan
The next step is for you to come up with an action plan. Setting goals is never going to be enough. You can’t just write them down and forget about them. Instead, you need to work out the steps you need to take in order to achieve them. Essentially this can act as a loose career plan for you. The idea is to have steps you can follow to get closer to what you want to do. So you need to plan out the things you need to work on.
4. Go Back To School
There are always going to be some big and some small steps that you can work on. One of the biggest might be going back to school. Do you need retraining? Maybe you want to get a higher level degree to leverage more opportunities. When this is the case, you may want to look into what it will take for you to get back into school and what you want to study. Is now a good time to start, or will you have to wait? Incorporate timelines as part of your career planning.
5. Learn A New Skill
Sometimes, you don’t really want to (or need to) go back to school formally because it’s not necessary. But could it be the case that you want to be able to learn a skill? It could be a computer program or getting certified in something that is relevant to your niche. Maybe it’s learning a language? There are numerous opportunities to learn new skills online from sites like Lynda, Udemy and SkillShare. No matter what the new skill set may be, if it will boost your career, add it to the plan.
6. Brand Yourself
From here, you may also want to think about what you can do to stand out. The working world is a competitive environment, and if you want to succeed and get to where you want to be, it’s important to get noticed. Something that can help you to position yourself in front of employers or to help you generate interest in your skills and experience is to work on branding yourself. With a website and social media, this can be pretty easy (and enjoyable) to do.
7. Network More
Another thing that you’re going to find is really useful is for you to make an effort to network a lot more. Even if you’re not all that crazy about networking, you’ll find that it can really come in handy. You’ll meet a lot of people that could open doors for you and it could be so useful for your career. Be sure to create and maintain an active presence on a social media platform like LinkedIn. It’s made specifically for career and business networking.
8. Ask For Opportunities
As a step beyond networking, something else that you need to be able to do is ask for the opportunities that you want. It’s sometimes easy to think that you have to wait for them to come to you – but that’s not the case. You have to be proactive and ask for what you want if you’re going to get it.
9. Start A Side Hustle
Something that might be of an interest to you, and really exciting, is the idea of starting your own thing. Side hustles are becoming more and more popular. And, if you know that you’re maybe not in the right career right now or you’ve got a passion you’d like to pursue, then starting it now could be perfect.
10. Get A Mentor
The next thing that you may find really useful for your career is to have a mentor. Do you feel like you lack direction? Are you struggling to stay on track? Working with a mentor could be just what you need to do to get to where you want to be. But make sure that you do your research and find the right mentor for you.
11. Attend Conferences
Also, there are also conferences that you can attend to get yourself out there and push your career. Be sure to look for conferences and events that are specific to your industry. Even if you can’t attend in person right now, you might be able to join virtual conferences to learn things or plan to attend some in the future.
12. Hold Yourself Accountable
Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure that you’re holding yourself accountable in terms of reaching your goals. It can be hard for you to stay motivated or feel like you can do it. But when you set incentives for yourself or you find ways to hold yourself accountable, you’re often able to push yourself more. And this is always a great way to get to where you want to be.
And there you have it, a course of action! When you first start to think about your career and what you might like to do to take it to the next level, it can be scary. Maybe you’re afraid of success and you’re just so used to sitting in stagnation. However, when you see that the steps you can take are clear, simple, and enjoyable, it’s easy to get more excited about what you have to do. And, from there, you can really start to supercharge your career. As adults we spend a lot of our time working. At the very least we should enjoy what we do!