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