When considering the ways to advance your career, it is rarely as simple as working hard at your job and having promotions handed to you. Instead, you may have to make yourself known in the world outside of your office and show off your valuable skills. Consider a few ways to develop yourself below.
Continue Your Education
Studying Business 101 is one thing, but if you want to advance in your career, you may need further training. Attending a business analyst boot camp, taking community college courses for specific skills, or getting your master’s degree are all ways of moving forward in your education and proving to employers that you are serious about your work as you add to your understanding and knowledge.
Build Your Network
Attend events and conferences for your industry and brush up on your networking skills. As you meet people, maintain those connections on a professional basis and keep your ear out for opportunities at related companies. Getting your name out in the field and proving that you provide value is one way of opening doors to a promotion or a new career path.
Find a Mentor
Developing a close relationship with a mentor who will be frank with you (and you should be willing to accept constructive criticism from them) may be one of the simplest and most personally rewarding ways of moving upward in your industry. Meeting regularly and discussing new paths in your field of work, for complicated situations, or hypothetical possibilities could allow you to learn and grow in ways you’d never considered. Mentorship might also open up further job opportunities as you are introduced to your mentor’s network.
Build your knowledge, build your base, and build yourself. All of these are achievable goals that will help advance your career and bring you to the next level in the industry.