How to invest in yourself so your career soars

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It used to be that companies would invest a lot more time and money in making sure that their staff kept up with rapid change. In a difficult financial climate, that priority has reduced, and employees can no longer guarantee that their workplace will put any priority on their development. That’s why the onus is now on each individual to prioritise their own skills and focus on new ways and means to stay on top of the business game. Investing in yourself is the best way to get a better job, improved prospects, or even simply become a more rounded person. If you’re looking at investing in yourself, then here are some of the most effective ways to do so.

Additional training and education

Training schemes used to play a much bigger role in the business world, but the expense has proven too much for most businesses. This is a tragic shift in priorities, especially when staff development is an effective way of ensuring employee loyalty and nurturing talent. Nowadays, if you want more training and better job prospects, then unfortunately, you’re going to need to apply yourself on a personal level.Having a boost in education or skill-sets is a positive step forward, and whether you opt to commit to part-time education for a degree qualification, or simplyearn additional certifications that are work-related, or finish an online MBA degree, your worth to a business grows. More education can be costly, but a Peerform peer to peer loan can help you to cover the costs and manage repayments easily. Look at local colleges and community centres and do some research into education angles that will develop your employability.

Brand yourself

Developing your personal brand is a great way to invest in yourself. It has also never been easier. One of the most effective strategies is starting your own blog, which can be achieved with little to no expense, and no prior experience. Platforms like Wix and WordPress have made it easier than ever to create a blog, and treating it as an extension of your business personality is a great way to reinforce and develop your own personal brand. Make use of social media and use traditional and innovative marketing techniques to promote your new branding and reach new audiences. Have a firm idea of what sort of brand suits you and your career, and you’ll have something relevant to discuss in interviews as well. As you are able to build your brand, it’ll be easier for you to boost your career – whether you are looking for hiring companies in Seattle or just aiming to get promoted on your current job.

Teach yourself a new skill

If you want to increase your value, then you should always look at new skills to learn. Not only will learning something new give your self-confidence a boost, but by learning a skill that is relevant to your industry or is in demand, you also increase your own employment worth. You can take control of your future much more effectively by investing in your own development, and whether that’s learning a new language or teaching yourself coding basics, learning a new and relevant skill is one of the best ways to improve what you offer to new employers.

It’s never too late to start looking at your future. Investing in you is always a good idea, but in a business climate that is increasingly unpredictable, it could be the one thing that separates you from the crowd when you apply for those better work roles.


About the author /

Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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