Times have changed, and women have entered the corporate world, leaving a lasting print on the world with career-driven, ambitious women that’s breaking through the glass ceiling. If you’re one of these ladies that has entered the job market, and you’re wondering what you can do to have a better, more successful career then this post is for you.
Here’s 8 things you can do to improve your career:
Read the news
People tend to chat about all sorts of things before a meeting or at the lunch table at work. And there’s nothing worse than talking to your boss or fellow colleague, and they bring up general world news, and you have no idea what they’re talking about. Download useful apps like Flipboard and BBC News to stay updated on general news, so you can contribute valuably to a conversation.
Update your work wardrobe
Especially if you’re new in the job market, make sure you have enough work-wear that you can rotate comfortably. If something has a tear, stain or is generally just getting old, get rid of it a.s.a.p. What you wear largely represents who you are and what you think of yourself. Read my What to wear to your first interview for more tips on this.
Watch a TED Talk
This will give you something interesting to talk about, and you can see what people are talking about, interested in, and what the world is creating and doing. Once you’ve watched one TED Talk, you’ll most likely be addicted, like you were to Grey’s Anatomy, and watch 10 in a row.
Never EVER participate in office gossip
Nothing kills your opportunity for growth quicker than participating in the wrong conversation at the wrong time. Don’t participate in it. It will happen where you have no choice but to sit through it, but don’t engage in the conversation or show too much interest in what’s being said.
Get comfortable with Google Drive
This will keep you well organised and help you to have access to all your importnat notes, documents, photos etc at all times. Especially if you’re in a management position that requires you to remember and keep track of a large number of things. – Also, you can choose which documents you wish to share with others. My husband and I share a grocery list on Google Drive, which we can edit as we wish.
Choose a boss, not a job
The statistics regarding people that quit there jobs due to a bad boss is shocking. Make sure when you apply for a job that you know who your manager or boss will be, and what they’re like. They’ll make a lot of decisions that will influence you, so be sure of who you’ll be working for.
Help a colleague
Whether it’s helping them to meet a deadline, or giving them a lift home, help a colleague. This creates good relations, and might benefit you in the future. Besides, it feels great to help other people out.
This goes hand in hand with Google Drive. Write out your to-do lists on Google Docs, keep track of what you need to do for the day, week and month. Write down your goals, your wish-lists, budget, everything. When you keep record of everything, you can’t forget or miss something, which puts you ahead of most people.
It’s exciting to start a career, and it’s scary too. And even though women are finding a spot in the corporate world, we still have a long way to go, so we need to know what we can do to be the best in the trade, and we need to support one another. Stick up for your fellow co-worker then people gossip about them and help each other out.