Are you stuck in a rut at work? Have you stayed still for too long? It’s time to take a course, upgrade your qualifications, learn a new skill or network to get ahead. Readers of this website will know that we believe in the power of action. If you are lost, or anxious, just taking a step by doing something will help your self confidence and belief!The first step is to stop talking about it and just DO something. Here are some ideas.
This cannot be overstated. In any walk of life, whatever your job or level of career, you need allies. You need allies because having friends and colleagues to share ideas and experiences and just fun moments make you feel good. But also, developing and maintaining good relationships with people at your company or in your field of work is key to staying on top of where the company is going, and any possible job openings. Be visible. Keep up to date with online professional networks too, like Linkedin or any professional association you might belong to.
Take advantage of any training on offer
You might think you know everything there is to know, but if your company if offering free training, take it! Any opportunity to learn or brush on on skills should be grabbed with both hands. If there is a training course you would like to do but isn’t offered, ask if you can do it. The worst thing that can happen is that your boss says no. At least you tried. Or you could find other ways to do it
Look for resources outside the workplace for free training
It depends where you are of course, but many local governments and organisations offer professional development training schemes and courses. They are often subsidised or even free. Do your research.
This is easier in larger organisations, but if you are interested in a role outside your own, ask to spend a day or more with the person or people doing that role to find out what it’s like, see if it is something you want to pursue and what you would need to get there. You are also making contacts there - see? Networking again. Be careful though not to make them think you are trying to take their job!
Talk to your boss
Frequent, positive communication with your boss is important for how you both do your job. Ask him or her what you could be doing to improve your performance and how they can support you in that. A good boss will help you get on.