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There’s no better time for a fresh start than a new year. You have big plans for your career, and you hope to take some major leaps forward in 2021.  

Achieving personal growth is a big part of this, and that involves upskilling yourself — i.e., gaining new competencies needed to succeed in your field.

Here are seven tips to help you make this happen.
 

Take Initiative 

You can’t expect anyone else to advocate for your success. Therefore, it’s up to you to decide what skills you need and how you’ll get them. For example, instead of hoping and waiting, your boss will assign you to a project you’re interested in, step up and ask for what you want. 

Find a Mentor 

There’s no defined roadmap to help you land your dream job, so guidance from someone who has been in your shoes can be invaluable. Find a mentor who has already traveled the path you’re headed down, so they can offer advice to help you get ahead. This could be someone at your current company or even a relevant professional you connect with on LinkedIn. It doesn’t matter, as long as they have the experience and desire to serve as your mentor. 

Seek Free Learning Opportunities 

You might be surprised at the number of training opportunities available for free online. If some of your basic computer skills are lacking, find a course that can help you become proficient in an area relevant to your career. For example, you might seek a course to help boost your Excel skills.

Get Certified 

Many jobs require certification to get to the next level. If you’re currently feeling stuck because you don’t have the certification needed to move up the ladder, make 2021 the year you finally take this key step. This will likely require a notable monetary and time investment on your part, but it will be worth it.

Become a Better Team Player 

Everyone values an employee who is always willing to lend a helping hand to colleagues. When you have free time, make a point to offer assistance to overworked peers. This will help you gain a reputation as an excellent team player — and you’ll likely acquire some new hard skills while you’re at it. 

Position Yourself as a Leader 

You know you have what it takes to be a leader, but something has been keeping you from stepping up. Put your fears aside and show your team what you’re made of. Take the lead on projects, focus on innovation, and be there to support your colleagues. Before long, the team will be looking to you for guidance. 

Take on a Side Gig 

If you’re interested in a career change, you’ll probably need to learn new skills to be considered for a job in your target field. Prepare yourself for success by taking on a freelance job or a volunteer position in the area you’d like to transition into. This will help boost your resume, so you can position yourself as a competitive candidate when you start looking for jobs. 

Ready to make a career move in 2021? Management Registry, Inc. is here to guide your search for a position that checks all your boxes. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you! 

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