The world of work keeps evolving at a faster pace. As an employee, you can’t afford not to upskill to stay relevant on the job and career. You need to always keep an eye on current trends and how you can be a part of these happenings. This can simply be called upgrading yourself in layman’s language.
For instance, gone are the days when you needed to visit people to market your products or services to them. But now, digital marketing is doing the magic.
So then, the responsibility lies in your hands to equip yourself with essential business skills. This will improve your way of delivery, hence making you more relevant in the business world.
Here are 5 ways to stay relevant on the job.
- Identify Emerging Trends in your Career
What career are you pursuing right now? Are you abreast with the current trends in your career prospect? Well, It is extremely important to constantly check on what is going on in your field of interest. But not only that, you must be able to identify ways of tapping into these trends.
- Focus on where you are Lagging
After identifying these trends, now you need to be more intentional in improving the areas you are lagging. This is important because resources are insatiable. Hence prioritizing will help you to utilize your limited resources such as time, money etc. effectively by focusing on the areas of your career that need immediate attention.
For example, if you realized that you need to improve your sales, negotiation, customer service, or communication skills, start with the one that needs urgent attention. You can do this by identifying specific training or programs that meet your specific needs.
- Identify Professional Development Opportunities
Staying relevant in today’s industry which is full of uncertainty, does not come with a silver platter. It comes through committed effort of leveraging on available professional development opportunities.
This is important because as the industry evolves, employers are also looking for people who can deliver results to help their business stay competitive and meet the needs of their target market.
As a result, your company may have some HR budget to cover the professional development of its employees.
So then, your responsibility is to identify professional development opportunities and convince your employer. Let him understand the need for you to take such training and most importantly, the potential benefit to the business.
- Build a Personal Brand/ a Presence/ Develop a Specialty.
This is another great way to stay relevant on the job. When you build a specialty in your field of work, you become the first point of call anytime they are looking for an expert in that field. It is true that your value is measured by the amount of effort you put into building your personal brand or presence.
Also building a specialty makes you a master of your field. Although it is good to be versatile, specializing in one area of your career is more profitable. Don’t be a jack of all trades, and a master of none.
- Network with like Minded Professionals.
They say your network is your net worth. The people you surround yourself with can either contribute to your growth or cut your dreams. That is why it is very important to build connections with like minded professionals who can encourage and aspire you to stay relevant in your career.
Also, your networks could help you to keep abreast with the trends in your industry so you do not lag. Things are evolving so fast that no matter how attentive you are, you may still miss out on trends in your area of work. But having people around you with similar career interests could expose you to the latest trends in your industry. That will help you to keep track and upskill accordingly.
As a professional, it will be a great boost for your brand and career. When you become the go-to person to solve specific problems as a result of your skills.
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