To progress in your career, you need to excel at your job, to do more than expected, to look beyond just your responsibilities, and to increase your exposure. These are all important, long-term efforts that are essential for career growth.
But there are other things you can do as well to help move ahead in your career, activities that do not demand a huge time commitment, but that are helpful nonetheless. They help add to your knowledge and improve your productivity. Here are a few.
There are a number of ways to increase your knowledge, both in your area of professional expertise and outside of it, other than going to a class or through a training program. One is to attend a lecture or other type of educational event.
Another is by taking a class online. There is a multitude of subject areas available taught by prominent professors. You can take the class for credit or not.
It is also important to make a habit of reading in diverse topics. You should read for at least an hour a day.
This is also a great way to gain experience and knowledge, meet new people, while at the same time helping your community.
3. Find a mentor
A mentor is someone who can provide valuable advice on your job and career. You can benefit from his or her experience. They can help you avoid mistakes and guide you.
4. Have lunch with someone new
Use lunchtime to network with coworkers or to meet someone you want to know better.
5. Get organized
Take some time and organize your workspace. This may seem like a minor thing, but it can yield significant results. Studies have shown that people who have work areas that are organized are more productive than those who do not.
All of these things, which in themselves do not demand a lot of time and effort, can open your mind to new ideas and information, generate new ways of thinking and new perspectives, help you to reassess your current knowledge and opinions, all of which can help you progress in your career.