As the first month of the new year draws to a close, many see this as a time to reflect on the goals they’ve set for themselves and track the progress that they’ve made towards them so far. This is a great practice! It’s hard to stay motivated when the task at hand seems almost Herculean in scale and taking stock of what you’ve accomplished regularly can help you stay on track and feeling good about yourself. If, however, you’ve chosen this as the year to give your career the shot in the arm it needs, it’s easy to become frustrated.
Even if you apply for jobs every single day and send out speculative CVs to companies in your every free moment, it can be extremely difficult to remain positive when your email and voicemail inbox remain infuriatingly empty. If this sounds achingly familiar, it may be time to invest in yourself and your career…. Because if you don’t, who will?
Starting or maintaining your own business
Do you dream of being self employed or starting your own business? Or do you already have your own business but feel like it’s stagnating due to poor cash flow? In either case, it’s time to start making some capital investments. You don’t even have to quit your day job. Seek the aid of a business coaching service like Blue Orchid and attend a free seminar. They’ll help you to build your business plan and advise on where to start looking for startup capital.. Buy a domain name and start building your business’ presence on social media. You can manage this easily alongside your day job. If you already have a business but lack the liquidity to make the capital investments that will grow your business perhaps you need a lift with some merchant cash advances? This may be the investment that takes your business to the next level.
Training and education
Whether you dream of being a primary school teacher or a nail technician, you’ll be able to train part time at a pace that suits your work and family commitments or full time with the aid of a grant, bursary or student loan. Education can be expensive and disruptive not to mention a lot of hard work, but if you feel like your life has hit a plateau there’s no better way to dig yourself out of the rut.
Get help (there’s lots of it out there and a lot of it’s free!)
The prospect of figuring out where to take your career by yourself can be a daunting one, but remember that you’re not as alone as you may think. There’s often good quality free advice out there. The National Careers Service is a good place to start while your local job centre can get you an appointment to get your CV in the best possible shape as well as giving free and impartial advice on local coaching seminars or careers fairs in your area.
Don’t be afraid to build relationships with others online or in person by attending networking events or simply reaching out to people on LinkedIn and other, more traditional social media outlets.
Whether you’re investing your time, effort or money, it’s never wasted when it’s in the pursuit of a better quality of life with better pay, prospects and job satisfaction!