According to a recent MarketWatch report, the average time an American worker stays at a job is only four to five years. Choosing the right career is one of the most important life decisions that people make. Below explains three ways to further your career and increase your career stability.
One of the best ways to expand your skills and company knowledge is through cross-training. Many companies cross-train so they can identify employees with skills for job coverage and potential transfers in the future. Being cross-trained on another job will also increase your job security. If you are the only one that can do multiple jobs, you will have more career opportunities down the road. If possible, volunteer to help out a different department. If there is an internal job opening, consider applying for it.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make at their jobs is failing to simply ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, feedback or even a higher salary. One of the best ways to learn more about the company and industry is to ask management questions. However, most employees feel embarrassed because they consider it a sign of ignorance or incompetence. Veteran employs are often more than happy to share their opinions and experiences. For example, try asking someone from management about the technical difficulties of the work they do. This will result in a relationship building conversation that shows you are genuinely interested in the company. In addition to this, never be afraid to politely ask for feedback and what it will take to get a higher salary. This is an excellent opportunity to not only improve your work performance, but increases the likelihood of receiving a salary increase.
According to a recent NBC news article, an increasing amount of older Americans are returning to school. These non-traditional students often go to school part-time or attend evening classes. In fact, about 40 percent of college students are over the age of 25. Finishing or returning to school is an excellent way to further your career opportunities. The good news is that working adults can now choose from a variety of traditional and online schools. For example, an engineer with four-year degree can easily return to obtain a masters in electrical engineering.
In conclusion, you can further your career through cross-training, assertively asking questions and continuing your education.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky, Snowball.