Even in uncertain financial times, investing in your career is still a decision that is worth taking. After all, taking steps to make yourself more employable means that you will always be in demand. Not only this, as technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, you need to be in a situation in which you are ready to offer the latest skills to those who need them.
Of course, there are plenty of different options out there of how you will pay for such an investment including with your own savings or a bad credit personal loan. But here are just a few of the best ways that you can invest in your future career.
Get a Degree
If you don’t yet have a degree, there are plenty of different options out there depending on what you are interested in. Perhaps you already have your bachelor’s qualification and want to go a step further to get your master’s or even a PhD. Many top jobs require you to complete a degree as a minimum requirement. However, it is always worth thinking about what exactly you will do with your degree before diving into the course. Often your current company may pay for your degree program. That is how I got my MBA and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Obtain a Professional Qualification
There are some fields in which you may think that getting a degree isn’t particularly useful to you, and some sort of professional qualification may end up being more valuable. A few of these career paths include technical jobs, project management and human resources. I know a professional qualification is helpful for a paralegal role (it is not necessary but often a prerequisite to getting in the door). Do your research to find out what will benefit you the most.
Enhance Your Communication Skills
Good communication skills are something which can be beneficial in a wide range of job roles, and there are plenty of ways that you can improve yours. Ultimately, you need to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone, as well as taking courses in a range of areas such as giving presentations and public speaking. Polished Professionals has some recent blog posts that may help you with your public speaking and networking too.
Build Your Online Brand
Rather than investing your money, you could instead invest your time into building your online brand. You could create a website on which to showcase your work, as well as ensuring that all your social media profiles are kept updated - particularly professional ones like LinkedIn. Take the time to check for negative comments or images online and remove them as necessary. Also make sure to keep all your online content professional. Businesses look for that. Polished Professionals is available to speak to your organization about your "e-manners" to make sure you don't have any missteps.
Search for Coaches and Mentors
It helps significantly to have people in your life who can help you to make important decisions throughout your career. You may decide that having a paid counsellor or coach is the best approach. Otherwise, you could get advice in a more informal setting from a mentor. My mentors have meant the world to me and have been some of the best personal investments in my career.
Raise Your Professional Profile
Another thing that you could spend your time on is raising your professional profile. There are plenty of professional organizations that can provide a major helping hand in updating your profile. You never know how the connections that you make could benefit you in the long run.
Update Your Professional Wardrobe
It is important to keep your look classic yet current. At Polished Professionals, we have capsule collections prepared for each season and for each type of office environment (business casual or formal) and within any budget (capsules starting at $250). Just email if you want to invest in your work capsule wardrobe update.
Using a combination of these techniques will help you to invest in your career for the future
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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