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5 ways to develop experience that will help change your career
Continuous career management is crucial if you wish to be both successful and happy as you continue to invest hours of your life in to your job. Finding the optimal career path that’s not only financially rewarding but also personally fulfilling is the dream of many – but how many are willing to invest their time into this pursuit?
We have been told by a CEO of a major corporation that office support professional’s with a willingness to take their career growth in to their own hands are the most highly regarded and considered.
1. Check for secondment opportunities within your companyAdvise your Manager or HR team that you are keen to hear about any secondment opportunities within your organisation. Check if you can work on or assist with any projects in the area you desire to develop within. This may mean working some extra hours to get your primary duties complete whilst assisting on the project – but as the saying goes ‘no pain no gain’.
You can also request to be mentored by an expert from a different department that you’re interested in gaining knowledge within, opening up the chance to be exposed to other opportunities. Seek permission to ‘job shadow’ other employees to learn about different roles in your company. Doing so will not only broaden your skills but also increase your awareness of what you are interested in and your ability to add value.
2. Find internships related to the role you wantSeek out internship programs in the new career path you want. For example, if you’re working as a Receptionist but would like to shift your career and work as a Marketing Assistant, you can look for an internship at a firm that will allow you to do so outside of normal work hours. The ‘new norm’ of working from home has made this so much easier to obtain and successfully achieve within.
If you do well enough in an internship, you’re also opening yourself to the chance of getting hired for a position in the company or being referred to someone else by them within their network.