Let’s Chat… Advancing your Career with these 3 Strategies!
Welcome back to the blog, friends! Today, we’re here to discuss the opportunities at your fingertips for the 2023 New Year. If you feel like you’re reaching any stagnation in your career, are itching to be granted new responsibilities or opportunities in your role, or are otherwise generally open to personal and professional growth, this blog is for you. Keep reading below to find our top 3 tips for optimizing your career advancement this year!
Engage and Utilize Your Network:
There is no greater resource to help you in advancing your career than your own social and professional networks. These people are there to support you, and may very well provide you with the gateway towards obtaining and discovering new opportunities or promotions. One of the greatest ways to utilize your network is by hosting a professional gathering (maybe even think of it as a party)! Focus on doing so in a casual setting such as a home or restaurant venue so as to keep the atmosphere light and comfortable. Offering appetizers, drinks, or even small activities will help this feel like a fun social outing. To get the most out of these types of events, we encourage you to extend invitations beyond those who you already know! Let those who you have invited invite two or three other people. This way, you will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen and expand your network.
- Extra Tip: Joining charities, extracurricular clubs, or other community-oriented organizations in your city is also a phenomenal way to meet like-minded individuals. Make sure to stay involved with young professionals around you to continue gaining and reaching a network of people beyond the scope of your company, role, or industry.
Advancing any aspect of your life often requires extending your level of education and knowledge. In doing so, contemplate your contentment with your current level of intelligence about your general career path, work obligations, title, role, or even education in general. Have you ever thought about obtaining a new certificate or degree? Potentially taking a few new business courses just for fun? Today, there are more resources than ever before (many offered by LinkedIn and Amazon) to extend your knowledge and reach beyond your role… so take advantage of courses and activities you can do even from the comfort of your own home!
If you’re not at a point where you are afforded enough free time to dedicate to education advancement, try purchasing a novel, subscribing to a podcast or newsletter, or even adding your email to a blog list. Utilizing these resources will allow you to maintain engagement about current events within your specific profession and your entire industry.
Do you have a mentor? Someone you look up to guide decisions, career choices, and offer general advice? If not, now is the perfect time to designate someone to fulfill this role! In identifying this person, take time to evaluate people within your workplace and life who you look up to as a positive influence and source of growth. If you’re struggling to identify this person, think about reaching out to people who inspire you in an even more casual setting! Conducting informational interviews, coffee dates, or lunch meet-ups will help you to expand your network and also find people who may end up as your mentor for the duration of your professional career!
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