Spring Clean Your Career – Update Your Skills to Stay Ahead

Spring is a season of renewal and energy, a season where we dust out our homes and welcome new life and new challenges. Whether you’re hitting the gym or CrossFit yard to tone up for the summer, finally creating that healthy eating plan you’ve been thinking about since you first broke your New Year’s resolution, or resolving to put 110% into a new hobby, spring is all about self-improvement and enjoying life to the fullest. This makes it a valuable opportunity to apply the same principles to your career. After all, people spend around 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime – shouldn’t it be just as fulfilling and interesting as the other parts of your life?

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Tips for a Thorough Spring Cleaning of Your Career

  • Take stock: If you don’t know where you are professionally, it’ll be impossible to get where you want to be. Just like other parts of our lives, it’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day duties we face that we lose track of the bigger picture. Ask yourself if you enjoy the organisation you work for, if your position is stimulating and interesting, and if you are earning enough to achieve your financial goals. Once you have an idea of what’s working and what isn’t, you’ll know where to focus your efforts to get the results you want in your professional life.
  • Open your mind: Similarly, it’s easy to forget what else is out there in the professional world when we spend years in certain industries and roles. Think about what naturally interests you in both your personal and professional life, and spend some time researching industries and roles that connect with these interests. If you like your current organisation, this could be about looking at different roles within it. If you don’t, it could be the start to finding an organisation that provides the role you’re looking for. It’s more about taking the time to consider roles that you may not even have known existed before, not running out the door with nothing but your swimwear, passport and selfie stick – unless, of course, that’s what you really want!
  • Update your CV: Your CV is your key to the career you want, so it’s important to keep it up-to-date – but that doesn’t mean it should hold every accomplishment you’ve achieved since primary school. Once you have an idea of the position you’d like to apply for, create a CV of one or two pages that focusses on only the most necessary and relevant details to that position. The person who looks at your CV needs to know who you are and your likely suitability for the position in less than a minute.
  • Take a hard look at your skills: Learning is not something that stops after school, university or college – in fact, for people who want to get ahead in their careers, learning should never stop. Constantly upgrading your skillset is key to becoming an effective team member, manager or leader, and keeps you in touch with the requirements of your desired roles and ahead of your competition.

The Best Way to Learn? A Customised, Instructor-Led Training Course

Whether you want to achieve new heights in sales, become a manager on the rise or get that new leadership position you have your eye on, the best way to learn the skills you need to stay ahead of the game is with expert training and coaching. Unlike eLearning solutions, one-on-one training in small groups gives you direct access to coaching specialists who can focus on helping you develop the skills you’re looking for. You’ll get constructive feedback, industry-leading insights and high-quality materials to work through. Just like hiring your own personal trainer at the gym, one-on-one skills development and training will help you develop the confidence as well as the skills needed to refresh and re-energise your career.

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At Maurice Kerrigan Africa, we offer a wide range of business training courses ideal for teams and individuals who want their careers to soar. From negotiation skills training and personal mastery training to sales training and more, we design our courses and materials to suit your needs.

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