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3 Essential Tips for Growing Your Career

Taking the next step in your career can have a huge impact on your self-esteem, job satisfaction and financial security. However, while some are driven by the ambition to move forwards, this doesn’t come
naturally to everyone. Change can seem like a scary prospect, but there are numerous benefits to advancing your career that will have a positive impact on the rest of your life. If you’re looking to take the next leap in your career, then here are three essential tips for advancing up the ladder.

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1) Build Your Skills

Developing new skills is one of the best ways that you can help your career move forwards.
While this can be something you do in your own time, many companies also help their employees with skill enhancement. In fact, research indicates that 94% of employees would choose to stay longer with companies that are willing to invest in their development, so it’s often in employers’ best interests to help their workers out. It can be hard to know where to start your skill building, but the National Careers Service has a skills assessment that can set you on the right track. A skills health check such as this will help you to gain a better understanding of areas in which you need to improve.

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2) Enhance Your Education

Similarly, making improvements to your formal education is a fantastic way to take the next step in your career journey, and with so many degrees and qualifications to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect fit for your planned progression path. Returning to the traditional university setting isn’t always easy, especially for those who have set down permanent roots, either with their careers or starting families. However with a distance learning course such as those offered by Anglia Ruskin University, you can study in your own time. Online learning is perfect for students who need to set their own schedule, you can study around your other commitments, and at whatever time of day fits your most productive hours.

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3) Network in Your Industry

Engaging in the art of networking is a great way to establish beneficial relationships within your industry. By developing these long-lasting connections, you’ll gain a valuable insight into any changes in your field, and what skills you need to develop to keep up with them – thus making you more valuable to your company and future proofing your role. The connections you make are not only potential mentors for your own growth, but when the time comes where you find yourself wanting to move to a different company that has more room for advancement, having wider connections that can keep you apprised of vacancies is a handy source of information.
Networking used to be limited to those in your immediate area, or those you might meet at conferences, however services such as LinkedIn, allow you to network with professionals from all over the world.
Have you taken steps to progress your career? Share your steps in the comments below!

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