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What You Can Do To Take Initiative in Your Career

Even when it doesn’t feel like it, you are in control of your career. You may face limitations from your current role or company, but it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do for yourself. Instead of taking a passive role, here’s how you can take initiative in your career and how it can lead you to success.

Be a good teammate

Just because you’re in control of your career doesn’t mean you want to trample others to excel. One of the most important soft skills is teamwork, making it hard to advance without this crucial ability.

How do you demonstrate this? Pay attention to ways you can support your co-workers. If your work is done or in a good place, offer to help them with other projects. When their workload grows beyond their time, offer to take on some to assist them.

When people see how well you work on a team, you become an even more valuable candidate because that’s the kind of employee they want working with them.

Ask mentors for advice

Rather than rely on your own knowledge, it’s important to seek out wisdom from people who have followed similar tracks as you. Whether it’s your manager or someone you met through networking, a mentor can help you see where you need to grow and help you advance.

Some of the most successful people in the world credit their mentors for helping them achieve what they have, so don’t overlook this crucial guidance step.

Consider taking on additional projects

Next time someone needs a volunteer for a new project, raise your hand. Take initiative in your career by literally taking initiative on the job. Even if it’s a little out of your wheelhouse, you’ll have the chance to learn new skills and improve your ability to manage your time.

When you want to keep moving up, people will remember your willingness to take on and learn more. Failing to speak up or be a part of these opportunities can hold you back.

Never stop learning

No matter your level of education, there is always more to be learned. Keep a posture of education and seek out new training, articles, or classes that can help you be better at what you do.

This dedication makes you better now but also demonstrates to others that you’re passionate about improvement.


Ready to move up?

When you’re ready to take your career to the next level, look no further than Sterling Personnel. We’re the leading recruiting and temp agency in Corpus Christi, and we’ll work with you to find opportunities that match your skills, experience, and goals. Search our jobs today to begin your partnership with Sterling!