The beginning of a new year is often a time of reassessment and setting new goals and objectives. When it comes to career, for many the start of the new year is the point at which a realisation sets in that perhaps a current job isn’t as fulfilling as it should be and the rewards are not quite satisfying enough. If this is you then you may feel that your career has become rather stagnant, that you have lost sight of your goals, or that you have fallen into a routine that is not fulfilling your personal achievements or your financial requirements. When it comes to job satisfaction and maximising your earning potential, the two are often linked – here are some tips on how to make sure you’re getting the best out of your professional life in 2013.
Project a professional image at all times – you may not think that the way you look is as important as what you do, but one can have a significant effect on the other. Projecting a professional image will make you feel like a professional and will ensure that your employers see you as a good candidate for a promotion or a payrise.
Learn a new skill – if what you’re doing right now is not really enough for you then learning a new skill is a great way to increase your self confidence and to take a tentative step in the direction of a new career. Whether you decide to take an evening class, do some part time study, learn a language, take up a sport or engage in a practical activity this new step offers an opportunity to learn what you’re good at and capitalise on that.
Increase your value – the best way to move forward with a current employer is to increase your value. Make sure your technical skills and qualifications are up to date, offer productivity solutions for your workplace that will save your employer time and money, work on communications – a key tool in modern business – by taking courses in areas such as public speaking or writing skills, and offer to share the knowledge and skills you have with others in the organisation.
Go back to education – if you want a change of direction there’s no better place to start than with fresh qualifications. As well as gaining the paper qualifications you will learn whether you’re good at what you want to do and make great connections to help get your new career off the ground.
Start your own business – if you’re the kind of person who thrives on being your own boss then starting your own business can be a great opportunity. It will give you the chance to see direct benefit from your work – the harder you work (hopefully) the more you will earn – and when you have your own business the income will come straight to you rather than an employer. A good business starts with a clever idea or a passion, so develop your idea, put together a watertight business plan and then make it happen.
If you’re looking for a change of direction or a step up in 2013 then JM Digital can help you to start maximising your income. We have an exciting range of niche digital positions with high earning opportunities and great prospects.