30 Oct 2020
TP Group Blog

7 ways to move your career forward

This last year has brought unprecedented challenges on a personal and professional level. Whilst working from home offers many benefits, it can also leave people feeling their professional progress has stalled. Our Group HR Director, Richard Elliot, shares his thoughts on how to stay focused – boosting your career opportunities.

Having strong transferrable skills is also key for people who don’t have a specific career path in mind.

1. Set small, short-term goals and create a plan to achieve them.

It’s great to know where you want to end up – but it can be daunting starting with the end in mind. By having small, incremental goals it makes the career journey appear more manageable and we do get a sense of achievement each time we reach one of our milestones. And be prepared to zigzag on your journey – it’s not often a straight path but the broader experience can be invaluable.

2. Build your network…and make use of it!

social media platforms like LinkedIn are important for staying in contact at this time and finding likeminded people. Join industry bodies, keep your online profiles up to date and comment on articles and posts that are relevant to you. And once you have your network use it! Engage with people who are further along your chosen career path and ask them how they did it. Learning from people who are already where you want to be can provide invaluable hints and tips to help you along the way. Go to networking events (once we are allowed to do so), talk to people, ask them questions, find a mentor who can help and guide you,

3. Build soft skills as well as technical competence

Being competent in your chosen discipline is important but focus on building soft skills such as communication (both oral and written), listening, empathy and interpersonal (people) skills as these are transferrable and can be used in any job in any industry. Having strong transferrable skills is also key for people who don’t have a specific career path in mind.

4. Stay current

Keep up-to-date with what is happening within your chosen field, your own company and the wider industry. Ensuring that your knowledge remains relevant will help you spot opportunities when they arise.

5. Never stop learning

Adopt a growth mindset and constantly look to develop your CPD (continuing professional development). Reading, learning and researching will not only help keep your skills and knowledge up to date (see above) but will demonstrate to your boss, or a potential employer, that you are ready for that next step. Think about using the time spent previously commuting to learn new skills and knowledge

6. Ask for feedback and don’t be put off by rejection

We all face set-backs in our career so learn to use that rejection as a learning experience for the next time. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback, not only from interviewers but from your boss, family, friends and colleagues. Getting this information will help you know yourself better and understand how others see you, which is invaluable in helping you understand, and be able to articulate, your strengths and areas of development

7. Perfect your elevator pitch

You never know when a career opportunity may present itself. A chance conversation may be the opportunity you are looking for to seal that dream job. Having a strong, succinct elevator pitch is a great way of ensuring that you are remembered.

At tpgroup, we are constantly looking to ways to help our people develop their skills and opportunities. Click here to find out more.

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