Covid was the year of the great resignation. Some people made career changes while others stuck to their old routine with the objective of climbing the organizations' ladder.
No matter what you do in life, there are 4 essential things you need to do to excel and to advance in your career. Let's find out what they are.
Voice Your Opinions - No one likes to follow the crowd, especially in times when we don't agree with what others are saying. A healthy environment is developed when everyone is encouraged to share their opinions and to speak up. During meetings, and performance reviews if there are items that you are not happy with, it is your time to raise your concerns. Employers like this type of behavior because it allows them to receive views from different perspectives and backgrounds. It gives you and them a chance to brainstorm and come up with brilliant ideas. So don't be afraid to use your voice for what matters to you and to your team.
Be Your Own Advocate- Working for a long time can get repetitive in a workplace. Tasks get mundane, nothing stimulates our thinking and we feel we need a change. It is in these times that we should speak to our superiors and come up with an action plan to "upgrade" ourselves. Employers like the idea of having employees eager to grow and step up their games. When they see enthusiastic employees, they are more than willing to assign them more challenges that will only help the individual to grow professionally and gain new skills. Often, this leads also to recognition and promotion.
Build a Good Internal Network - Internal networking is equally important as external networking. It has many benefits. You learn from people that come from different industries. You learn about the struggle they went through, and how they got where they are today. You may, therefore, build an internal network by attending companies' workshops, having mentors, or just by working with different departments. What many do not know is that like external connection, the internal connection can also lead you to many opportunities especially if someone from another department likes you and is interested in transferring you to another department
Working Should Be Your Vocation - Many see work as an obligation. We work because we need to earn a living. We often don't enjoy the work because of how ordinary tasks can be, but work should be seen as a vocation. We should see work as an everyday opportunity to learn something new. Loving what you do will be more fulfilling and satisfying. You won't feel demotivated or discouraged to turn on your laptop or to take the time to commute to work. If you do what you love, it will never feel like you are working and it will lead to a happier life.