The world of work is getting complex every day, now more than ever is the perfect time to upskill yourself meaningfully. With a little free time in your hand, give a serious consideration about your career. Have something that you’ve always wanted to learn? A skill that you think would accelerate your career but didn’t have enough time to pursue? Now’s the right time. But before you jump into it, maybe you need to evaluate what aspects do you need to focus upon and finally, how to kick start them. Here are 5 clever ways that you can invest in your career.
Build upon your strengths
Introspect and evaluate what are your strengths, and take courses/webinars that sharpen your strengths Most people make the mistake of investing in skills or knowledge because they’ve heard from people around them that learning particular skills will help grow in career or lead to a hike. To get the best results, you need to know yourself well. Don’t start a course because someone said it helped them. Start by introspecting and evaluating – what are your core strengths? What career path do you see for yourself? What are the gaps/challenges that are stopping you to get on to that career path? And finally what skills can be built upon your strengths?
Upgrade your tech skills
Upgrade to essential technical skills when working from remote places and working virtually has become the new norm All roles today require you to be tech-savvy – of course, the extent of which is dependent on the job role. So, do yourself a favour and invest in being up to date to the technical skills your role demands, build a basic understanding of some online tools that make remote collaboration on projects easier. At the same time, invest in learning tech and tools that make parts of your job less time-taking. Maybe you don’t need it now, but you don’t know tomorrow.
Invest in being mindful
Work and life, lines are frequently intersecting, practice mindfulness and time management skills to balance work-life Sometimes between managing work and life, it becomes too hectic to draw boundaries. This often leads to not just your personal frustration but also to reduced productivity in your job. If this sounds familiar to you, you should definitely explore investing in learning time management, planning, and project management. You should also seriously try taking some mini-courses on mindfulness and balancing work and life. Believe us or not; Healthy mindset and being sure of where your time goes is a catalyst in career growth.
Develop the right relationships:
Take time out in building the right professional network for you – maybe it’s time to relook your Linkedin too Networking is a skill most people do not recognize as a skill until it’s too late. Whether it’s catching the eye of your senior manager, or a recruiter outside, you need to have them in your network first. Think deeply about your career plan for the next five years – It is important to work on your immediate goals, but equally important to work towards your long-term goals. That too now! So, clean up your resume, start connecting with the network you want to be in, maybe even hire a career coach who can help you do so. Also, don’t forget your existing network. Show genuine interest in people around you; get to know them, ask your boss to be your mentor. Develop a robust working relationship with your peers and boss.
Strengthen your people skills
In such ambiguous situations, people skills will come to your rescue to keep you relevant – personally and professionally. Focus on them See, your core skills will help you get your job, but it is your people skills which are key in determining how fast your career progresses forward. Some of us are blessed with the essential people skills to make all the right connections, but even if you’re someone who struggles in making the best of your people skills – the good news is that you can learn them. Identify your gaps in people skills – maybe you are a great individual contributor, but probably struggle in a team project coordinating with others, maybe you feel you can do better while making that pitch presentation, whatever it is – identify it and enrol in courses that focus on such skills. Bonus tip: Practise!
A recent Harvard study suggests that unless you start using the skill you learnt hands-on in your job, you’ll forget 75% of what you’ve learnt within a week. You don’t want that, do you? So, crack your knuckles and put the skills you learnt recently to practice.