How to ad­vance your ca­reer

You need to con­stantly im­prove your knowl­edge or you will miss out

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TO keep up with the top people in your in­dus­try, you need to con­stantly im­prove yourself and your knowl­edge. Here are a few things you could do to get go­ing. READ AND RE­SEARCH Read and re­search your in­dus­try on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Look at in­dus­try­re­lated books, read up on the lat­est trends, and re­search what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t keep your fin­ger on the dial, you’ll miss out. GET OUT THERE You might think sem­i­nars can be long and bor­ing, but who bet­ter to ad­vise you than a leading in­dus­try ex­pert?

If you can’t at­tend any­thing, try to pur­sue an on­line course. You can do it part­time and gain an­other qual­i­fi­ca­tion that may help ad­vance your ca­reer. DON’T JUST LIS­TEN When­ever you learn some­thing new, write it down and read over it reg­u­larly. This is a great way to keep what you’ve learnt stuck in your head. FIND A MEN­TOR A men­tor can add real value to your pro­fes­sional life. That be­ing said, it’s im­ por­tant to find the right men­tor for you. Choose some­one who has a great knowl­edge of the in­dus­try you work in and who is sim­i­lar to you — some­one that you can talk to, re­spect, don’t feel anx­ious around, and some­one who you gen­uinely as­pire to be like. GET CON­NECTED Join so­cial me­dia dis­cus­sion groups and chat about topics that mat­ter to you. This is a good way to get to know what else is out there in terms of in­dus­try news. Or form a dis­cus­sion groupto meet­like­minded in­di­vid­u­als. GO BROKE OR GO HOME You’ve just learnt new ways to im­prove a sys­tem at your work — great. Now share what you’ve learnt with your team and put your knowl­edge to the test. EN­JOY IT While you’re run­ning around try­ing to find a men­tor or sign­ing up for new groups, re­mem­ber to have fun. Learn­ing must be en­joyed to be re­ward­ing. Re­ward yourself each time you’ve ac­com­plished a new goal. — Ca­reers24.

Look at in­dus­try­re­lated books, read up on the lat­est trends, and re­search what works and what doesn’t to stay up to date about your ca­reer.

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