For a Career man or woman, looking back over the past years you will agree that it hasn’t been perfect—in fact, we could all agree that if we had the chance, we’d probably turn back time and do certain things a little bit differently.
But hey, you are not too late to do any of these things
Set Small Goals Regularly
Annual goals are great, but it is no news that they can be lost sight of as the year runs to an end. A year is a long time; too long in fact to set tangible, achievable goals. Therefore, it is wiser to set smaller goals throughout the year.
Think about your day-to-day work. What could you be doing to elevate that work? Are there skills you could learn to help you advance? Think about this for a bit and then make a list of goals that relate to these items. And then, once you’ve set the goals, give yourself a deadline to have achieved these things.
Now begin to implement them in your career.
Spend Less/ Invest on Your Mind
The ambit of your career will be largely based on how you decide to spend your initial pay-checks. You’ll be tempted to spend it on getting a nicer apartment, upgrading your clothes, and going out to fancier restaurants.
While these aren’t necessarily bad things, you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while. But you might want to think about spending your money on knowledge instead. It’ll not only give you the greatest return on investment, but also be the one thing that lasts over time.
Investing your money (instead of having a luxurious weekend away) you can take an online class or buy a career-boosting book, or even hire a career coach.
Career advancement is as much about who you know as what you know—and that’s exactly why being a powerful networker is so important. So think of networking like a bank account—you have to make deposits and shore up social capital before making a withdrawal.
If there’s a specific person you’re hoping to connect with, do some Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn sleuthing to see if you have a contact who knows that individual directly, or at least knows someone who works for the same organization. Make your move, build a strategic relationship and ask if you could be invited for an upcoming networking event.
Make powerful new connections and don’t forget to follow up.
Abisola Fiarama~Content developer