7 EASY WAYS TO INVEST IN YOURSELF AND YOUR FUTURE CAREER

In today’s fast-paced job market you need to invest in yourself and your future career to stay ahead. Your career development is up to you, and it’s up to you to make it happen. Get seven strategies that will help you do just that so you’ll get the jobs you deserve in the future.


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I’ve spent years having no real career ambitions just taking everything as it came along. I had no plans, goals or mission I felt like wanted to achieve. Because I hit rock bottom going through the worst time of my life back in 2010 after being laid off, I woke up from my uninspiring career path and with a mission to help other people avoid going through similar experiences.

But because I had no idea of how to get my message out and share it, I had to learn a whole new skill set, and I’ve never stopped since. Every year I want to build and invest in my personal as well as professional growth, and because I’ve been applying these seven easy ways to invest in myself and my future career, I have built a completely new career path for myself.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T INVEST?

The worst thing that will happen is you are going to be unfulfilled with what you’re doing and your personal and professional growth will stagnate or maybe even decline. In addition to that, chances are you will see promotions go to your colleagues and you’ll feel unappreciated by your employer.

That’s why investing in yourself is crucial if you want to succeed and create the career you want and deserve.

7 EASY WAYS TO INVEST IN YOURSELF AND YOUR FUTURE CAREER

#1 – PODCASTS

Listening to podcasts is by far one of the easiest ways for you to invest in your future career. Instead of listening to music in your headphones whenever you’re out and about or going to and from work, put on a podcast that can inspire and help you navigate in your career.

There’s so much to learn from others sharing their stories and knowledge, so if you’re on a small budget, this is an excellent solution to help you grow.

Here are some of my favorite Podcasts.

Do you listen to podcasts? If you do, feel free to share your favorites in the comments below the post.

#2 – BLOGS

Another inexpensive way to get career inspiration to help you move forward is by following some business or career related blogs, like nielsreib.com you’re visiting now

Here are a few of my favorite resources.

I would like to know which websites you visit for career inspiration, so leave a comment below the post.

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#3 – BOOKS

Now, I just recently have come to appreciate books. I’ve never been an avid reader, but last year one of my new year resolutions were to read a book a month, and I almost hit that target reading 11 books last year. I felt pretty good because I wouldn’t have read anything near that amount of books if it wasn’t because of the goal set. And all the inspiration, tools, and strategies I’ve learned from reading those books have helped me move forward, both professionally and personally.

This year the goal is to read 15 books.

You can find a list of my all-time favorite career and personal leadership books here.

*A tip I got from Michael Hyatt is to read a wide range of books, which will help you get a more broad perspective on life and your career.

What are some of your favorite books? Let me know in the comments.

#4 – ONLINE COURSES

Today you can find online courses on just about any subject you find interesting. Everything from how to train your dog to how to play the cello, be a better doubles partner playing tennis or how to leverage your LinkedIn presence and attract better career opportunities.

You’ve got plenty of options to attend online courses on sites like CourseraEdx, and Lynda.com (acquired by LinkedIn in April 2015) offer hundreds of courses that can help you invest in yourself and your future career.

Whether you want to build your tech skills creating apps, or you want to strengthen your managerial skills, then you’ve got plenty of opportunities to spend a few hours a week learning new skills and upping your game.

#5 – MENTOR/ COACH

Another great way to invest in yourself and your future career is by involving a mentor/coach to help you take the next steps in the direction you want to go.

When looking for a mentor/coach, it’s important to find someone with whom you feel there’s a great chemistry. Meet with the mentor/coach before you choose to work with them. That could of cause be either IRL or on Skype.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to figure out what your next move should be, that’s why getting a mentor or coach can help boost your progress, and as a result get you where you want to go faster.

#6 – BUILD ON YOR STRENGTHS

Some people think you should focus more on improving your weaknesses than on your strengths to excel in your career.

I’m not one of them.

I believe you perform at your best when you do what you’re good at and like what do. It will not only help you elevate your career opportunities, but it will also make you a happier and more productive colleague/employee when you’re spending more time using your strengths than trying to improve on your weaknesses.

If you’re not familiar with your strengths, you can take different tests that’ll help you define your top strengths.

I suggest you get the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.
With the book, you’ll automatically get access to the Clifton’s Strengths Finder test, materials, tools, and in-depth reports to help you better understand and benefit from your unique strengths.

I took the test for the first time about six years ago and recently retook it and got some interesting results, which have helped me hone in on where I need to focus and where I should delegate instead.

#7 – REFLECT, BE INTENTIONAL AND SET SHORT-TERM GOALS

Don’t get caught up in the hamster-wheel of life and career.

You need to have a more proactive and intentional approach to where you want to go, and one of the best ways you can do that in a fast moving job market is to set short-term goals just one or two years out.

None of us knows what will happen five or ten years from now. With technology advancing at a pace so fast that we can’t know how the job market will be in just a few years from now, it doesn’t make much sense to set goals too many years out.

Read more about the future job market.

A great book to help you reflect, be intentional and to set short-term goals is Pivot – The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next Move by Jenny Blake. She takes you through all the steps and guides you through with a ton of exercises that’ll help you gain clarity and set you up for career success.

Another book I would recommend is Great Work Great Career by Stephen Covey and Jennifer Colissimo, which builds on the same timeless principals as Stephen Covey’s bestseller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – one of my favorite books of all time.

IN CONCLUSION

As a result of taking one or more of these seven steps to invest in yourself and your future career, you will improve your chances of career success. Not only because you’ll be in charge and more intentional about your career path, but also because will grow as a person while you do these things. Consequently, you’ll gain clarity on the career path you want to follow.


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