19 Experts Roundup: How to supercharge your career today
Would you like to know how you can improve your career and job prospects effectively?
Erm…who doesn’t? Everybody wants to be number one in their field.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said: “change is the only constant in life.”
You need to learn how to adapt quickly otherwise you might end up losing the train you always wanted to be in.
So how can you upgrade your career to the next level?
You’re busy, I get it. You don’t have the time or resources to read books, attend seminars, work for free in exchange for knowledge and so on.
But if you have, use all the resources at your disposal, both efficiently and to the best of your ability and you will see a huge difference.
If you’re already doing that, please take a moment and congratulate yourself. You deserve it!
So what else can you do that’s going to take the minimum amount of time of your day and get you the maximum amount of rewards?
“Why do I need a mentor?” You may ask…
Let me answer you this question by quoting Pablo Picasso:
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
In only 6 words, he’s pretty much telling you the most effective shortcut to success.
Okay, so you’re probably wondering how to find the best mentor out there. Fear not, as I’ve compiled a list of mentors that will guide you to business success.
I asked 19 people who dedicated their lives to helping other people: “What’s your best advice on how people can improve their career and job situation?”
They all answered, and you can see it below with a nice visual bonus at the end, an infographic about what kind of career suits you best according to your personality. In case you don’t know what type of personality you have, again don’t worry because you will also find a link to a test to do afterwards so you can know that.
Without further ado, here's what 19 people who dedicated their lives to helping others said:
1. Expert: Stephen Guise
“Career improvement boils down to two things—skill development and opportunities. Applying for a job and entrepreneurship are both chance ventures, but your odds of success in either one go up as you improve your knowledge and skill set. It’s very simple, as is the answer for career improvement. To improve your career, make sure you’re spending time every day improving a relevant skill as well as applying for a new job.
To ensure consistency in these two areas, I would create what I call “mini habits." So if you’re a programmer looking for a better position, create a mini habit of writing at least one line of code per day or learning one new programming technique per day, and commit to applying for (or locating) one new job possibility per day. Doing this will produce numerous chances to advance as you constantly expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll be highly likely to improve your career.”
2. Expert: Stefan Pylarinos
“The best advice I can give, is actually advice that I once heard from Jim Rohn that has always resonated with me. Jim Rohn said, "Work harder on yourself than do you on your job." When you work on yourself through self-development, you're becoming more valuable in the marketplace, which allows you to add more value to your employer, your business, and ultimately the customers. I recommend for people to always invest back into themselves through reading books, attending seminars and finding mentors to coach them.”
3. Expert: Swati Chauhan
“I feel in today's dynamic age, it is very important to keep upgrading your skills and expertise by learning new things and continuously educating yourself more and more on the key skills required for your career growth. To sum it all up, sustained efforts in the right direction and the willingness to learn and grow each day are the key requisites for career growth in today's time.”
4. Expert: Farnoosh Brock
“The best advice for career improvement that helped me secure leadership position at my corporate job and one I give my own corporate clients is this: A high sense of self-awareness and perception. You hear about how you need to be an effective communicator or receive feedback or have "people skills" but all of that starts when you have a heightened sense of self-awareness. By that I mean, you are in tune with the dynamics of your surroundings - the culture, the environment, the people, you know how you are perceived by your peers, your underlings, and your upper management, and you remain in a state of curiosity, learning and growth. If you can develop this in yourself, you will thrive in any career, any corporate or government structure and you will even enjoy yourself. Oh and make sure to get yourself a coach or a mentor. It is a non-negotiable to career advancement.”
5. Expert: Jessica Sweet
“The best thing you can do if you want to improve your career is to be really clear about what you want. It can be very easy to get distracted by the next promotion or the next thing you think you "should" want, but you might realize later on that because you didn't actually know what you wanted, what looked like career improvement was actually just movement. You can only define improvement by knowing what makes your career better for YOU. What do you care about? What do you want? Where do you want to go? Get really clear and you'll be able to actually improve your career and end up where you want to be.”
6. Expert: Donald Latumahina
“Be a versatilist. As stated on Wikipedia, a versatilist is "someone who can be a specialist for a particular discipline, while at the same time be able to change to another role with the same ease." Because the world changes fast, I believe that the ability to adapt is essential for success.”
7. Expert: Debra Wheatman
“To improve your career, candidates must continue to develop their skills and advance their knowledge of their area of speciality. Continuing education and training is a good way to learn new developments in a particular field, stay connected to a network and maintain knowledge of best practices.“
8. Expert: Mr Self-Development
“When it comes to advancing your career, communication is critical! It is imperative that you communicate your career goals (and timelines) to your management team. When you take this step, your management team, which previously may have been silent on the subject, will speak up (for better or worse).
If your goal is to become the CEO of your company, as an example, your management team will likely tell you the 50 hurdles that you need to clear in order for that goal to be probable.
If you say your goal is to get promoted “to-the-next-level,” they will likely tell you what that path looks like as well – from there you can determine if the goal is even worth pursuing.
However, when you’re silent, and when you assume that one day you’ll get promoted, that’s when your career goes nowhere. You must let your bosses know what your goals are, and when they explain to you the path to success, get started; don’t waste any more time.
Additionally, how you communicate is crucial! Prepare for every important interaction, if the President of the United States has to prepare before presenting, then you need to prepare before you present as well. Whether you’re presenting to your boss, in an informal manner, or to a large group, the habit of preparing will be critical to the success of your career. Never take communication lightly, you are being watched, so put your best foot forward, every single day.”
9. Expert: Jacob Share
“Launch a personal website to brand yourself online. At the very least, use it as a portfolio to show off your work achievements. Ideally, go beyond that and use it as a platform to share your expertise, experiences and ideas to become a respected industry voice over time who can attract job offers instead of needing to search for them."
10.Expert: Thea Westra
“Know what you want from your career and know what you still need to develop, for achieving that target. Then, make a plan for how you will get there. Follow your plan.
Find someone who's already accomplished what you want to achieve. Discover how they got to where they are in their career. Ask them if they'll be your mentor, with whom you can meet regularly, for support and advice.
Have a conversation with superiors in your work environment to learn how they also might be able to support your goals.
Do a lot of reading about successful people in your field, and study the various paths that they took to reach their current positions.
Immerse yourself in all the above, for further developing your mind set and your focus toward accomplishing your career goals.”
11.Expert: Jo Casey
“My advice would be to work out what you love - and then get really good at it. Too often we focus on improving skill areas for things that no affinity with or passion for and that means you'll always be fighting against yourself. Learning and growing your skills is never 'easy', so by choosing areas that you already enjoy you'll give yourself enough momentum to get through the awkward learning phases."
12.Expert: Joe Wilner
“I think there are two main factors to consider. These two factors are strengths and passions.
Most people want work they love and that is meaningful. When we do work we are passionate about who we become more engaged in our work and better results and performance generally follows.
The other area is to be honest with ourselves and explore our strengths, gifts, talents, etc. We can certainly grow and improve our talent and skills but an important first step is to take an initial assessment of our strengths as is, and how we can use them more often in the work we do.”
13. Expert: Courtney Carver
“I'd suggest that they first clearly define improvement. Do they want more job satisfaction, creative work, freedom in their schedule, money, or something else. Then, make sure the definition aligns with their values, with their heart. If it doesn't, the change won't deliver what they really want.”
14. Expert: Suzie Cheel
“When you are looking to create change in or improve your career it is important to take time to be still and listen to that small quiet voice inside, what I call your heart whisper. We get so busy at work and with life so often, we get stuck in our heads and we forget to take time for ourselves. Let alone tap into our heart. Take some time today, to get still- even just 3 minutes, close your eyes, take in a deep breath, focus on your heart and ask: "What the best path for me to take now, what will delight me as I move forward with my life and my career? And just listen, the answer might not come immediately, it might be when you are walking, when you wake up or when you are driving. Make sure you write down what comes.”
15. Expert: Kael Ranschaert
“The most common response that I received when asking elders this question was, "follow your heart". The problem with that advice was that it never really hit home and felt like meaningless advice, a generic statement to quiet my worries. My pragmatic mind would always prevent me from latching onto the advice because deep inside I thought it was a way of life only for those 'other people'. If I did allow myself to begin to walk down in vision of what my life might look like living with this dream career of my liking my mind would always stifle my plans bringing me back with a loud clamouring fear that "I'll never be able to pay the bills if I do that". The only thing that really ever touched my core when it came career advice was that, "my mind needed to be rewired". A wise mentor of mine brought this to my attention one day as I was spinning my wheels attempting to plan out my life. He told me that it didn't matter what direction or field I chose to launch after in life, but what did matter was the degree of belief I held in myself. No matter what road I chose to follow there would be barriers to entry, and belief and trust in self would be the driving force that would pull me through.”
16. Expert: Steve Mueller
“The number one advice I would give when it comes to career improvement is that you should always strive to excel yourself. Always try to become a little bit more knowledgeable and a little bit better day after day. I give this advice because far too often we all fall into a slump, feeling happy with how things are. As a result we will eventually become less motivated and we stop growing. For this reason it is so important to continuously challenge yourself to become better than you were yesterday.”
17. Expert: Sid Savara
“The best advice I can give folks is always present your best side. Don't get upset and yell at people, act immature, etc. It's a small world out there and most people are going to have 40+ year careers. You never know who is going to remember you and think of you positively or negatively. I literally have people who email me out of the blue because of a positive experience they remember me from years ago! Everything you do builds your reputation, so regardless of how bad things may look or how frustrated or flustered you may feel - be professional and be your best self. Regardless of the situation, be in control of your reaction and your image.”
18. Expert: Dragos Roua
“The most important thing, not only in career or job, is presence. It's being aware of where you are and what your needs are and how your current situation is fulfilling those needs. It's comparable to lucidity, but it's more than just a state, it's a continuous stream of activity performed with awareness. Once you master this art of being present, you will understand what are the questions that you need to ask yourself. Because the most relevant answers always come from the most intelligent questions. So, be aware and learn what you need to ask, what you need to question. The rest will unfold”
19.Expert: Derek Sivers
“Passion and purpose are emotions that come after expertise and experience. The way to get them is to commit to the path of mastery, get great at something, and do great work. So instead of looking for passion and purpose, just keep mastering whatever work you’ve started, becoming more and more valuable in your field. Passion and purpose will follow a great career.”
As you can see, even some of them recommend finding mentors. Don’t forget to follow them on their blogs and social media for further readings.