How can you better your career?
1. Reflect and review – we all tend to do a bit of this at year end or as part of our new year’s resolutions, but I think it is worth doing more often than that. What has happened in the last quarter? Where do you want to be in a year or two or five? And what could you be doing in the next quarter to help you take a step towards that?
2. Say yes - try new things, invest in activities that you are intrigued by and interested in and see what happens, it worked for Steve Jobs! You will develop and stretch yourself and who knows what opportunities it might open up or how, later on in life, it might stand you in good stead. Only then you will see how you have “joined the dots”.
3. Collect evidence – when you get good feedback and when you have done a good job, ask for a testimonial or a recommendation on LinkedIn. At the very least email yourself a note of the challenge, what you did, how it went and the results you achieved – that way you have to hand all of your achievements if you ever need them.
4. Ask for experience – what do you want to be better at, what do you want to learn? Find out if there is any synergy with you doing that in your current role, or maybe in a different role but with the same employer.
5. Become social leader – what are you passionate about, or interested in, or want to be known for? Whatever it is you really can carve your niche by sharing your views and opinions via your own blog and social media. There has never been a better time to stand out from the crowd.
Life might not take you down your planned path, but by following these ideas you can be sure you have given fate just a little bit of help to take you further even you could ever have thought possible.