Careers are a lifelong construction project with you as site manager. Any patient and mindful individual will know that careers are a lifetime in the making, and that progress can be slow at times, and speedy at others.

While sometimes the best advice is to simply bide your time and wait for your opportunity, there are nonetheless things that you can do to help boost your career prospects, enhance your CV, and prepare yourself for roles with greater responsibility, higher pay, and more prestige.

You’ll discover how to do that in the points outlined below. 

Learning and Education

One of the fundamental ways in which you can boost your career is also one of the most satisfying – it’s learning, studying and educating yourself about the things you’re most passionate about and interested in. Education will always be regarded as one of the most important elements of an individual’s working lifeso it’s always worth investing in.

But how? Well, there are plenty of ways in which you can get back into education. You might choose to undergo a Six Sigma White Belt training course, in order to pick up business-specific skills to help you climb the career ladder.

Or, you could return to university or college for a master’s degree or a certification that shows off the new skills you’ve gained. Even night classes, something you can do for years, will help you single yourself out as a dedicated and exciting prospect for companies to hire.

Networking and Socializing

Whether you’re long in the tooth or new to the career game, it should be clear to you that all the education and skills in the world will only get you so far.

Business and careers are a fundamentally social enterprise, and so you’ll be judged as much by your handshake and your business conduct as your skills, knowledge and natural intelligence. If you’re unable to network, you’ll find it difficult to climb the business ladder effectively.

As such, a career professional needs to get themselves into the spaces in which they can meet and socialize with new people regularly including senior office workers, senior industry figures, and the movers and shakers who may, one day, be able to furnish you with a job.

Hunt for these opportunities, and capitalize on them, in order to boost your career. 

Taking on Extra Work

This item of advice is a tricky one. On the one hand, you’ll always want to show your worth by arriving to the office early, leaving late, and showing your complete dedication to the job at hand. But, on the other hand, you don’t want this huge extra investment to go unnoticed by your superiors.

As such, be strategic as to where and when you invest extra resources into your role. Always try harder with an important piece of work for which you’ll be individually judged and pay less attention to those smaller, less important bits of work that you’ll not be judged on.

As such, you’ll draw attention to yourself at the right time and avoiding the unpleasant feeling of investing in a project for which you get zero recognition.

These tips will help you enhance your career and boost your prospects long into the future.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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