FUR­THER TIPS

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Look­ing for more tips for your ca­reer? Then try the fol­low­ing:

Vol­un­teer­ing

Do you want to give some­thing back to the world and help your ca­reer at the same time? Then try vol­un­teer­ing. You can de­velop many skills by work­ing for a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, which you can then trans­fer to a paid job.

Also, work­ing for free shows your com­mit­ment and helps you stand out from the crowd, par­tic­u­larly among com­pa­nies with a so­cial con­science.

https://www.vsoin­t­er­na­tional.org/vol­un­teer­ing

Flex­itime

Flex­itime al­lows you to or­ga­nize your work­ing hours to suit you and work at the time of day when you’re at your best. It can also cre­ate a bet­ter work-life bal­ance and en­able em­ploy­ees to fit their job around look­ing af­ter chil­dren or par­ents, or other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

www.flex­itime­plan­ner.com

Work­ing re­motely

Why traipse into the of­fice ev­ery day when you can eas­ily work from home? Re­mote work­ing helps you to avoid that stress­ful com­mute, leav­ing you with more time and money. It can also help you to bet­ter jug­gle child­care and other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

www.re­mote­work­ing.co

“Steve helped me build up my con­fi­dence,” says Foote. “To­gether, we nar­rowed down my op­tions and worked out short­term and long-term plans.” As a re­sult, Foote has just com­pleted a CELTA (Cer­tifi­cate in Teach­ing English to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages) qual­i­fi­ca­tion and is con­sid­er­ing work­ing abroad. His long-term goal is to be­come a psy­chother­a­pist. https://york-as­so­ci­ates.co.uk/staff-view/steve-flin­ders https://www.noomii.com/ca­reer-coach-ger­many

9. STUDY­ING FOR SUC­CESS

In a world in which it’s in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to stand out from the crowd, a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) can im­prove your chances of a se­nior man­age­ment post. As well as show­ing em­ploy­ers that you’re in­ter­ested in self-im­prove­ment and giv­ing you in­stant cred­i­bil­ity, an MBA pro­vides in­valu­able net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

But it’s only worth­while if you’re at the right level of se­nior­ity and are pre­pared to in­vest con­sid­er­able time and money.

Case study: Ki­ran Ra­makr­ishna, founder of Text Mer­cato

Ki­ran Ra­makr­ishna knew be­fore start­ing an MBA at Durham Univer­sity in north-east Eng­land in 2011–12 that he wanted to set up on his own. But com­plet­ing the course helped him to think me­thod­i­cally about how to go about it. The re­sult is Text Mer­cato, which he set up in 2015 with a part­ner to pro­vide con­tent ser­vices to the In­dian mar­ket.

“Af­ter work­ing for ten years straight, you have to in­vest in your­self and up­grade your knowl­edge and mind,” says Ra­makr­ishna. In his opin­ion, an MBA is a gate­way to learn­ing more, earn­ing more and be­ing a bet­ter pro­fes­sional. In ad­di­tion, net­work­ing events and sim­u­la­tions give stu­dents prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence on how to be­have in lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

Again, it’s not for ev­ery­one. Ra­makr­ishna’s ad­vice: have at least three years’ solid work ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore get­ting an MBA, be­cause the real power lies in ap­ply­ing what you have learned in the work­place. www.textmer­cato.com https://www.dur.ac.uk/busi­ness/pro­grammes/mba

10. LIV­ING THE LAN­GUAGE

The best way to learn a lan­guage is to im­merse your­self in it by liv­ing in the coun­try. When you do so, you also learn about a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and make new friends. Be warned, though: it can be a lonely ex­pe­ri­ence at first. And when you re­turn home, you might get re­verse cul­ture shock and feel that life has moved on with­out you.

Case study: Ger­mán Adolfo Buitrago Tor­res, in­dus­trial en­gi­neer

In Oc­to­ber 2019, 28-year-old Ger­mán Adolfo Buitrago Tor­res de­cided to quit his job in Colom­bia and head to Malta to learn English at the ESE Lan­guage School.

Study­ing abroad en­abled Tor­res to “prac­tise his English at all times”. This did more than just im­prove his lan­guage skills. The op­por­tu­nity to give nu­mer­ous pre­sen­ta­tions and work in a group made him bet­ter at team­work and at speak­ing in pub­lic.

Tor­res de­scribes his time in Malta as “the most won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence of my life so far” — and one that has helped his ca­reer. “As an in­dus­trial en­gi­neer, knowl­edge of English will be ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial in my pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment. Your job op­por­tu­ni­ties im­prove, as well as your salary. In my coun­try, be­ing a pro­fes­sional with good English means you can earn twice or even three times as much money as a pro­fes­sional with­out any knowl­edge of English.” To those still un­sure of whether they should step out of their com­fort zone and take the risk, he ad­vises: “Be­lieve me, it is worth it.”

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