How well are you preparing for the future of your career? Sure you’ve heard of career pathing, and in today’s job market, you know how important it is to continue learning constantly. With all of that in mind, it should come as no surprise that technology is rapidly progressing and changing the day-to day roles of employees across a number of fields. Lucky for you, we’re here to help with the impending transition of technology and to give you tips to help further your career.
Ask the right questions
The first step in advancing your career is to explore the training options currently offered by your current or prospective employer. You know your career goals the general direction of what your next step should be. The only way to ensure your company supports the type of career development that will keep satisfy you in the long run is to ask the right questions. We recommend starting with these two:
-- Do you offer training or education options for employees?
-- Is there room for growth within this position?
Be sure to go in with backup questions that are more specific to your current role or desired position in case these questions don’t steer the conversation going in the direction you want.
Did you know that nearly 8 in 10 employees believe it’s important that they have access to the most up-to-date technology at work, but just half said their company offers that? The majority also reports that they aren’t being prepared for rapid technological change or for the next step on their career path. This forces many employees to take it upon themselves to keep their skills updated in order to remain marketable in their chosen field.
Be one step ahead
It is highly recommended to utilize online training programs, find new programs, research technological innovations happening in your field, and reach out to your network to ask questions and potentially find a mentor. This will not only keep you one step ahead, but will allow you to add new skills to your resume and discover strengths you may not have known otherwise.
Podcasts, online trainings, and audiobooks are great resources for furthering your education, whether you’re interested in delving deeper into a specific subject in your field or whether you just want to broaden your horizons in general. Your time is valuable, and if your company doesn’t offer training options during the workday, be creative and develop a method of personal training that works for you. Take advantage of commute time, days off, lunch breaks, and even weekends to dive into various subjects to find where your passions lie.
Kathryn Kovacevich is a marketing coordinator at 24 Seven Talent. Looking for a new role that offers career development options? 24/7 is an award-winning creative staffing and recruiting firm that connects high-caliber talent with leading brands, marketing departments, design firms, ad and interactive agencies. For nearly 20 years, 24/7 has provided temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire and executive search solutions to leading organizations across many industries, including digital marketing, creative services, technology, e-commerce, fashion and beauty. We support our clients' evolving talent demands with offices in New York, London, Toronto, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta.