“Work hard, play hard” is a cliché in the workplace, and doesn’t exactly offer the best advice. So, we have gathered some of the best career advice that you can start putting into practice today.

1. Be flexible

Career paths aren’t always straight, but if you remain flexible you can find the way to your ideal job. It helps to look at the bigger picture or - to use another cliché - think outside the box. This might mean working in a role that isn’t the one but will equip you with the skills you need for a future job.

You can do this by:

  • Upskilling
    Is there a course that could help you level up and find work in your area of interest?
  • Thinking of ways to learn on the job
    Is there another team in your company that does the kind of work you want to get into? Could you ask your manager if you can listen in on some meetings to learn more about what they do? If you work in a larger organisation, see if there are secondment opportunities to go and work in a different section of the organisation for a set period. It is a great way to meet people, find out about different types of jobs, and build skills to transition to a new role.
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2. Earn trust

You can form stronger relationships with your colleagues by building trust. This can help you feel more secure and fulfilled at work. You can do this by:

  • completing tasks on time
  • offering to help others who are busy (if you are on top of your own work)
  • responding promptly to emails and requests
  • avoiding workplace gossip and avoid bad-mouthing others in the organisation.

When people trust you, they will feel confident giving you more responsibility and it increases your reputation at work. This can lead to colleagues and supervisors recommending you for new opportunities or even a promotion.

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3. Take stock as you go

While you are still in your role, it’s a good idea to keep note of:

  • work milestones
  • achievements and things you are proud of
  • challenges you have overcome (and how you did that).

A good way to do this is by adding the above information to your jobactive career profile or LinkedIn profile. Then you will have all your useful information in the same place.
You can refer to these notes the next time you update your resume or to remind you of examples to use in future interviews.  

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4. Find a mentor

A mentor is someone who can provide advice and guidance about your career. They are usually someone with a lot of experience who can help you identify and achieve your career goals. Your workplace might have a mentoring program, so it’s worth checking with HR.  If this isn’t the case you could try asking a colleague for help on a specific task at work. From there you can progress to asking them to provide more mentorship. You can also look outside of work, such as someone from an activity you are involved in or a relative that you look up to. It’s important to find a mentor who is the right fit and whose advice you will take on board. Remember to be respectful, turn up on time, and show gratitude for the time they have taken to help you.

5. Network, network, network!

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, it’s quick to set up, and is a great way to network. It’s a useful platform to search and apply for jobs, as well as build your network. You can join a networking group or individually connect with people in your industry. 

Industry associations not only offer a good opportunity to keep up to date with industry news, but also give their members access to job listings which might not be advertised elsewhere. You can find a list of industry associations here.

Have you ever received valuable career advice? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Author: Maddy @ jobactive