Gone are those days when people were being run after and persuaded to accept a job. The gradual evolution of the world to digital has influenced the rate of competitiveness in every sector. Now, there are thousands of specialists and professionals in different fields. How then can you advance your career, especially in 2022?

If you are to check the social media platforms; for instance, your WhatsApp contacts, you may discover that you know more than three or four persons who are into baking or hairstyling or photography or fashion designing or UI/UX Design etc. This may not mean anything until the day you have a need and have to decide which of them to patronize. That’s when facts like; how good they are at what they do, their reputation, and how committed they are to it, are put into consideration. This is normal, it’s what everyone does and guess what? When it comes to your field/speciality, people do the same as well.

What is the difference between a skilful man and an expert?

Have you been in need to hire a person for a job and despite knowing that he/she charges higher than others of the same profession, you still try to hire him/her? Why? It is because of what I call a productive reputation or rank of expertise.

Recently, for people to run after you, you have to show them how good, effective, efficient and productive you are at what you do. People pay for your level of skillfulness and expertise. Imagine a scenario; Person A charges $100 per minute and Person B charges $10 per minute for the same job. When there is a need, people prefer Person A who charges $100 per minute. Why? Because of how good and productive the person’s work is known. Do you know that this person doesn’t attain such a reputation nor advance to such a level in a day? It requires a lot of hard work and paid prices. So, are you ready to pay the price as well?

7 steps to advance your career

Steps to Advance Your Career

Here are some steps to take in order to advance whatever career you are into;

STEP 1 – Affirm Your Vision

Let what you are into be known. People tend to remember you based on the value you have. If I need a caterer, there are some people whose names will instantly come to my mind why? Because I know what they do. I can’t think of a fashion designer when I want to purchase a cake.

STEP 2 – Create Goals

Goals are little darts being thrown at a target. Have SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based) goals either long or short-term goals. With this, you can work and achieve more effectively.

STEP 3 – Be Consistent

If vision were to be a gun and goals a bullet, then consistency and self-discipline will be the trigger. “A beautiful flower was once a mere seed” and “a castle cannot be built in a day.” To advance in your career, there is a need for a gradual process which requires a lot of self-discipline to be consistent. It

STEP 4 – Expand Your Skills

Learn new skills. Are you good at drawing? Learn new skills that could be helpful to your career and thanks to the internet, there are so many skills that could be learnt online via different platforms. Don’t limit yourself, keep on learning, and developing yourself.

STEP 5 – Examine Yourself

”For every period of learning, there is always an examination.” This is quite common, not just in school but for every enterprise and business with daily transactions. There is always a report sheet to be checked to evaluate the profit/loss of the day. So, do the same, after a period of learning and practising. Carry out an evaluation and note your progress, and getting a mentor could be helpful with this, someone you could always report your progress and failure to and who could correct, support and challenge you to do more.

STEP 6 – Build A Network

Connect with people in your area of interest. Relate, communicate and build relationships with people in your field. It will help you to be informed, exposed, enlightened and challenged to become better.

STEP 7 – Don’t Settle For Less

Keep on learning and keep on exploring. Don’t limit yourself, and keep on striving to do better.

Conclusively, success isn’t earned in a day, it is a result of processes and hard work, and let’s keep on striving for “we are all work in progress” says a friend of mine. What do you think? Can you relate to this or have an added step?. Do drop it in the comment below, let’s learn together.

This blog post was written by Oluwatoyin Adeyanju.

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