This year has been challenging for many reasons; from Brexit to the Coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a lot of disruption for businesses and individuals alike in 2020.
However, that doesn’t mean that your personal development and career growth should be put on hold. On the contrary, you should still invest time and effort in ensuring that you flourish in your chosen career.
If you’re lucky enough to remain employed, then you can’t afford to be complacent. Many candidates haven’t been as fortunate, so you need to work hard to ensure that you remain the best option for your employer.
For those taking a career break due to the pandemic, personal development is more important than ever before. The corporate landscape is incredibly fast-paced, and you need to make sure that you work tirelessly to ensure that you don’t get left behind.
With many physical events cancelled and individuals dealing with a lot of stress and challenges, it can seem impossible to focus on personal development.
That’s why we’ve put together this article, which offers practical tips to help you to advance your career despite the pandemic.
Check Out Virtual Events
Thanks to the lockdown, many events are now online, which means that you have no excuse not to attend. Check out virtual events, such as career fairs, lectures and more. If you’re looking for a new role, or want to find out about the career options in your sector, then a virtual event could be the perfect way to expand your horizons without leaving the house. It can be tough to find the right virtual events, so check out this guide from Developing a Student. You’ll find practical tips and guidance on how to find the right virtual career fair and make the most out of the experience.
Consider A Qualification
While degrees and other high-level qualifications are important to your career, smaller qualifications and certificates are equally useful. Many companies provide short courses, some of which are free. You could consider completing some new qualifications to further your career and gain new skills. Some of these certificates could be beneficial to your current employer, meaning that you might be able to earn a promotion in the future.
Learn New Skills
Being at home more means that you have extra time, which would previously have been spent commuting or preparing for work. Use this time wisely to learn new skills that could help you, both in your professional and personal lives. Try to find a skill that you can use in your working life, such as a new language. When choosing a language, have a look at this list of the best languages for business. Once you’ve chosen a language to learn, you can learn it and include the skill on your CV. You could also learn practical skills such as cooking new recipes, basic repairs or a craft that you could eventually monetise.
Overall, personal development remains essential, despite the pandemic. Use this guide to inspire you to find ways to continue to develop as an individual, both professionally and personally, throughout 2020 and beyond.