Give your career wings

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Growing your career can be especially difficult in these tough economic conditions, but just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Follow our easy steps and your career will soar in no time.   

Be goal-orientated 
Do you know where you’d like to be in two or five years from now? Set goals for yourself and your career and then regularly review where you’re at.

Mentors are important 
Find someone in your field with more experience and knowledge than you and ask if they can advise you about career-related matters. Your mentor
 can be a huge help in advancing your career by teaching you the ins and outs of the industry.

Always increase your knowledge 
Studying and doing more courses
 to improve yourself is an investment into yourself and your future. Your skills and knowledge can always be upgraded and strengthened, so be sure to look out for courses that could further your career.

Communication is key
You have to be able to communicate clearly and concisely in order to get noticed by the key players. Practice giving and receiving constructive criticism
 in the workplace to help build up your communication skills.

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Make the most of performance discussions
When it’s time to review your capabilities and performance with your manager, suggest taking on more responsibility and discuss a career path for yourself. This is your opportunity to define where you see yourself in a year or five years from now.

Build up a contact list
Networking is the name of the game. Join social media
 groups that are in the same field as you are, attend functions and make the most out of work socials. Building up a list of contacts is important to stay connected in the industry.

Keep it professional, always
You’ll never gain the respect of colleagues or your employer if you bad-mouth them regularly. No one will trust you and your career will be on a dead-end path. Find more tips on how to gain respect at work here.

Love what you do
If you’re really passionate about your job, others will see it and you’ll excel. Your colleagues and clients will want to work with you because of your enthusiasm and love for your job.

Dress appropriately
Dressing appropriately for your job will convey the message that you’re serious about your future.

There’s no “I” in team
A team player is more likely to get noticed and recognised than someone who works only for themselves. Be eager, willing and ready to pitch in with a helping hand.