Everyone that works hard for someone else, putting in the required hours and then some, wants to be rewarded for their efforts. You want to be given the chance to boost your career which, most of the time, is in the hands of someone that hasn’t got time to look up and see what is going on. It’s frustrating. Especially when you haven’t got time on your side.
That’s the real problem. It’s not having enough hours in your days, weeks or months to give your career that extra boost you so want to give it. For most, that means going back to school or signing onto an evening class or attending networking events. But, like we said, time wouldn’t allow that.
If this is you, then you might want to read on because we have compiled a list of simple ways you can give yourself that professional boost you are craving and get a competitive edge in the job market, and all without having to invest too much time:
Podcasts Pose A Solution
For most people, learning new skills and expanding horizons means reading books or watching TED Talks, both of which demand your undivided attention, something you can’t offer. Podcasts, however, let you absorb new information and new perspectives while you are doing something else. It could be on your commute to work, it could be on your lunch break, it could b while you are having to sort through your emails and inbox or anytime. So long as it is career-related (The Lively Show, #girlboss, and The Tim Ferris Show), you’ll find yourself growing.
Boost Your Career Online
With a full-time job, a parent to look after and kids of your own, your hopes of getting that degree you want seem impossible. And you are right. You haven’t got the time or freedom to go back to school or even travel to that evening class in town. But you can take an online course. You can take part in online MSN nursing programs, or you could take that online business management course, or you could start your accountancy journey. So long as it has no mandatory login times, has financial aid options and can be done one at a time, there is nothing to get in your way.
Change Up Your Downtime
At the end of the day, after you’ve got home from work and done the laundry or cut your lawn and cooked dinner for everyone under your roof, what do you do? Relax, right? You pull up Netflix or watch repeats of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and rightly so; you deserve that downtime. However, it could be amazingly beneficial if you changed up your habit. What we mean is, instead of watching Netflix, why not watch a couple TED Talks or, instead of watching more sitcoms that fail to make you laugh, why not get into the habit of reading. You don’t even have to sacrifice your evenings. You could watch a ten-minute TED Talk with your breakfast. It’s just a matter of changing your habits, that’s all.