No matter how old you are or where you are on the career ladder, there’s only one direction that you want to go – up. However, it’s easy to stagnate in your career, and ambition may fall by the wayside.
Whether you’re self-employed or work for an employer, here are some tips to help you to keep progressing in your career.
1. Set Goals
The first step to revitalize your career is to make sure that you set career goals. It seems obvious, but you can’t take any more steps until you know where you’re going and what you’re aiming for.
When setting goals, it’s important to have specific, tangible goals as well as long-term goals that look at the big picture. This way, it’s easier to see how you’re progressing and whether you need to make a course correction. Career goals will also help you to keep motivated so that you have the drive to surge forward.
2. Master Interviewing
Interviewing is a vital skill in any career. Most people will interview for jobs, but even self-employed people need to keep on top of their interviewing skills. When you meet with clients, potential employees, and other people in your business, you will want these skills.
As you’d expect, nobody enjoys interviews. They’re stressful and you may feel unprepared. However, once you know how to get and excel at interviews, then you’re on the right track.
Many people fall into the pitfall of completing their education, entering the workforce, then leaving their education behind. But life is changing, a qualification earned a decade ago might not be as relevant in your industry as it once was.
Work experience is vital and can be considered an education unto itself. However, it’s important to keep brushing up your skills and looking for new opportunities to gain skills and qualifications. This constant self-improvement looks good to employers, potentially opening up advancement opportunities.
It also allows you to branch out in your industry, providing a better service to clients and constantly stretching yourself. Self-improvement isn’t limited to new qualifications either, you can improve in other, less obvious areas as well.
While it seems counterintuitive, putting all of your focus in your career may be hurting your progression. Without a good work-life balance, you risk becoming burnt out. The modern business world asks workers and business owners to put their work before anything else, even cutting out family life and leisure.
Unfortunately, this rate of work isn’t tenable. It can cripple mental and physical health, which is damaging to you and your career. When you become burnt out, it becomes much harder to continue working and some people are forced to halt their career goals whether they want to or not.
Many people have unwillingly stagnated because they have pushed themselves too far, driving away their ambition and goals. To prevent this, start self-care before it becomes a problem. Your career is important, but it isn’t all there is. If you’re happy and healthy, your work will reflect that.