Whether you’re currently a marketing professional or are interested in changing careers, there are a few steps you can take to update your skills and help jump-start your career. The following tips will help you navigate your new role and lay a foundation for your next endeavor. So, sharpen your pencils and put your student cap on. It’s time to learn!
Things are constantly changing in this industry, it’s not surprising if you’ve fallen behind. Now is the time to do your research and figure out the holes in your knowledge and where to put your energy. Look at job descriptions to see what abilities you are lacking and read articles in your field to find out about the latest trends. Make a list of skill that need updating and focus on ways to obtain them.
Don’t be afraid to ask
All your younger coworkers are hovered over a phone looking at the newest app and you’re curious to know what it is. What do you do? Don’t be afraid to ask! Asking questions is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of intelligence. It shows that you’re willing to do what it takes to learn more and help your company move forward into the future. It may be hard at first asking for help from someone that is younger than you, but you have experience with things that they need help with too. Offer to work with your coworkers so you both learn from each other’s strengths. It will make your company and team stronger.
Looking for a way to use what you’re learning in the real world? Volunteering for a local nonprofit will not only help them, it will help you. Many nonprofits are looking for skill-based volunteers who can help promote their organizations. You can get free hands-on experience and have something to show for it. Also, volunteer experience will look good on your resume.
It’s all about class
So, you’ve done your research and you’ve asked all the questions that you have, what’s next? Take control of your career and take some classes. There are many online options available that will let you study at your own pace and won’t interfere with your regular life. Whether continuing ed classes or free online videos, take trainings seriously and look at them as a priority. Return to the list of skills you made while doing your research and find information that can help you gain the knowledge you need. You might even want to make a training calendar to focus your energy so you’re not wasting your time on things that don’t apply to you.
Just do it!
Now is the time to put together all the things that you’ve learned and just do it. Fear of failure keeps many people from exploring new opportunities and they lag behind. Set those feelings aside and jump into your next chapter. And remember that these steps should be repeated often so that you don’t lose ground again.
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