Understanding where you stand currently in your career isn’t solely to determine areas for improvement, but it’s also to celebrate how much you have learned along the way!
WE DISQUALIFY OURSELVES FROM THE PROMOTION BECAUSE OF LACK OF EXPERIENCE…
WHEN REALLY, YOU PROBABLY DO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, YOU’RE JUST LOOKING AT IT FROM THE WRONG ANGLE.
This is especially true for those of us who work a 9-5. So often, we’re just trying to stay afloat and get the job done. We don’t take time to write down all the skills we’re learning along the way.
Now-a-days, everyone wants to start their own side hustle or go into business for themselves!
And that’s great! I hope to be one of those people myself one day.
But for now, I work a 9-5, and instead of focusing on where I’m not, I choose to focus on how I can make the most out of my job.
Being in a 9-5 shouldn’t be frowned upon.
Everyone is not called to be an entrepreneur, and if you find a company that works hard to develop your career, and their vision works along with your purpose, then that’s where you need to be!
So let’s talk about three key points to making the most of our day to day!
Again, this is all about perspective.
As I’m sure you know…often times, the title you’re hired for, and the actual job itself can be two completely different things.
But, that can actually work in your favor!
Sometimes, you DO need to look for a new opportunity. But, sometimes, you CAN gain more skills right where you are.
So, get some pen & paper, and let’s take notes on how we can make the most out of our 9-5!
Disclaimer: These tips are what has worked for me and others that I have networked with, come in contact with, have mentored me, etc. This may NOT apply to everyone. So, take this advice and apply it to your discretion. Don’t get fired and then come and blame me. Now, these tips do work! But, again, use them at your discretion.
1. MAKE THE JOB WORK FOR YOU. LEARN HOW TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES.
The excuse we often tell ourselves is that I can’t do anything about my future right now because I’m currently in a dead end job OR I have to wait to find a new job in order to gain the skills I need.
BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE!
Let me give you an example.
Suppose you’re hoping to get into leadership with your company…but you don’t have the ridiculous amount of years it requires to get an official leadership position there.
The truth is your current leaders are probably already overwhelmed with his/her current responsibilities, and they would probably love for some tasks to be taken off their plate.
There are probably a number of things that can be done more efficiently in your department, but your leadership probably doesn’t have the time or resources to make those changes.
That’s where you come in! Here’s where you can gain leadership skills without the title and responsibility.
What most people do is: Go to their supervisors & complain about the problems with no solutions on hand.
The worst thing you can do is to come to your manager with more problems and no solution. That is only going to add to their list of things to do and make you seem like a complainer.
What you should do: Research a solution, draft a simple proposal and present it to your boss in a quick yet professional manner.
And just see what he/she says.
WORST CASE SCENARIO:
They say NO for whatever reason.
& even if they do?
Guess what? You’ve…
A: Learned how to make a business proposal and gained experience in oral and written communication skills…& that’s something that can be added to your resume!
B: Your leadership sees that you take initiative and are capable of providing solutions instead of creating more problems.
Even if this specific proposal doesn’t work, if another opportunity presents itself…you could possibly come to your manager’s mind because you showed initiative in this moment!
BEST CASE SCENARIO:
Your manager loves the idea, and they ask you to lead the project.
You’re gaining leadership skills, and you didn’t even have to change positions to do it.
Instead of taking the problems on your job as issues and reasons why you need to quit… Consider them as an opportunity. Providing solutions start conversations.
& if you say, well that’s too much to do or I don’t get paid for that, then you’re not really ready to develop and thrust your career forward. SIMPLE & PLAIN.
BOTTOM LINE: Your investment in your now will determine where you will be in the future.
2. MAKE LEARNING YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.
The excuse we often tell ourselves is that I can’t learn the skills I need because my organization doesn’t have any training or development classes OR because I can’t afford to go back to school.
AGAIN, NOT TRUE!
First, you need to understand that taking charge of your career will require an investment on your end. So even if you can’t afford to go back to a university/college, there are other alternatives, but it is going to cost you something!
So here are your solutions…
Option #1: Get involved with training or development classes within your organization
Option #2: Do your own research and enroll in the necessary courses online
Some great online learning resources that I currently use are:
Lynda (via LinkedIn)
& there are SEVERAL OTHERS. The point is the resources are out there! But, you have to take the time to do your research!
Instead of spending your whole day scrolling through social media, take time towards learning more about your craft.
If you want to open up a small side business, you may not need an MBA.
There are plenty of articles and resources out there that can help you open up a business.
&&&& even if you’re in your dream job, never become stagnant!
Always keep learning.
Get a new certification!
Read books or articles in your industry
Take online courses
Do an informational interview with someone you admire in your industry or even ask to shadow them!
BOTTOM LINE: There are countless opportunities to make learning a priority.
3. DEVELOP A REPUTATION FOR GETTING THE JOB DONE.
Now this one is crucial.
Often times, it’s hard to act this out on a daily basis especially if you are in a job that you do not desire.
However, no matter if you’re in a dream job or barely making ends meet, it is important that your performance is always exceeding expectations.
Because you never know what opportunities will become available.
And honestly, if you can’t be faithful in an entry-level position, then more than likely you will not be successful in a leadership position.
If I were to ask your manager about your work ethic, what would he/she say? What would your coworkers say?
Now the excuse will be that you have a terrible manager or messy coworkers who only work against you. But at the end of the day, no matter what your relationship is with your boss or coworkers, YOUR PERFORMANCE SHOULD SPEAK FOR ITSELF.
Your bad boss or meddling coworker can’t take away your results.
No matter what they may think of you as a person, the bottom line is
Do you get the job done? Yes or No.
That’s what matters.
Now, your attitude matters as well, don’t get me wrong. But what I’m saying is that you should be a problem solver and a results-oriented professional, no matter the environment.
BOTTOM LINE: Let your work speak for itself. Be that employee that can be trusted with difficult projects. Build that reputation and watch how far you will go!
What are some ways you make the most out of your 9-5?
I would love to hear about your methods in the comments below!