Onwards and Upwards: Six Top Tips for Boosting your Career Prospects

Most people are not living their dream job, but that does not mean you have to bypass the career you’ve always dreamed of, too. If you think that you are unemployable or at least not deserving of that promotion you lie awake at night dreaming of, then you need to read this article.

Remember, there is hope. There are plenty of growth opportunities, platforms and programs out there to help every type of person with every type of skill level, for example, there is an org that offers job training for autistic adults, and a plethora of online study platforms to enhance your skill-set.

If you want to boost your current career or potential perspectives, you need to take action. Here are some steps that could lead you to success:

1. Consult your Current Boss for an Evaluation

Now, this may seem frightening at first, but constructive feedback can show you any areas that you may need to improve as well as your strengths. If you are aware of your strengths, then you should be able to use them as stepping stones. If you are aware of your weaknesses, then you should be able to use them to improve yourself. Only the weakness that you don’t know can have any power over you.

With this evaluation, you can create an actionable plan to move ahead in your career as well as overall self-improvement.

2. Ditch the Procrastination Disease

Sure working under pressure may help you to get things done, but if we are spitting truths here, then let’s just call it what it is; justified procrastination. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you should think about ditching procrastination once and for all. Try making a daily list of non-negotiables, things that you have to do, no matter what. This will help you to focus and hone in on the most important aspects of your day, and help you to prioritize your tasks, making you more efficient and helping you on your way towards success.

3. Dive into Self-Study

Sure, all those courses you find on the internet may not receive the same recognition as an MBA or a Ph.D., but if you want to enhance your working knowledge, then there is no harm. Be sure to find a course with a teacher or lecturer that knows what he or she is talking about and avoid the snake oil sellers. And at the end of the day, knowing that you are putting in the work to brush up on your knowledge on an area you are passionate about, or a field that can help you on your career path will give you a boost of confidence.

We are so fortunate to be living in a day and age where there are so many diverse courses on offer; the internet really is a wonderful thing if you know how to navigate through it.

The above three tips are our favorites, but here are some more to explore:

4. Create a five (or whatever amount of years you prefer) year plan that details your goals and how you plan on achieving them

5. Take on new and exciting projects and challenges. This can help to enhance your skill-set and give you more faith in your capabilities.

6. Reward yourself for each milestone you achieve. Remember to acknowledge your progress, as this can motivate you to keep going.

Take the time to have a clear vision of what you want for your professional life and take sturdy steps towards your goal every single day.

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