Everyone needs support in their life and career. During my own career I have had to access support in many ways, and reaching out to others for support has created so many opportunities for me. So, today I want to share with you my top 5 ways to support your career today! By following these tips, you will be able to leave the anxiety behind you, start to approach new (and old) networks and find clarity in your goals.
1. Take part in networking opportunities
There are so many ways of networking out there, the opportunities are endless! Even while many of us are still ‘working from home’ there are events being posted online all the time. Networking comes in many forms, but most of them involve reaching out and speaking to new people.
You can start conversations with people you know in your current network and get to know them better, join groups on Facebook that provide help and advice, and of course attend events either online or in person. I wrote a blog post on this subject which you can read in more detail here, as this will provide useful tips on networking - especially if you are new to it and would like some guidance.
2. Consider a coach or mentor
Having a coach or mentor by your side to help you achieve your goals and to keep you accountable is invaluable. If you are at the point where everything in you career, or life is getting a little too overwhelming, or you are struggling to find the right path to take to reach your goals, having a coach will be the greatest investment for yourself.
They provide support in so many ways and are there specifically to help you. I work as a Leadership and Career Strategist, so please feel free to contact me if you are thinking about connecting with a coach, and I’d happily help to direct you and give you any advice!
3. Ask for support within your current network
If you find yourself questioning something, or you are stuck on a difficult task or even trying to reach a specific goal – whatever it is, your current network should be happy to help you. Ask a question or ask for a recommendation on your own social media profiles online and people will be glad to help you!
Perhaps you have phone numbers or emails of old colleagues or bosses that you are still on good terms with. If so, consider contacting them for advice or reaching out to them. If you do reach out, remember that many people find helping others also makes them feel more positive too! This also goes for your friends and family.
4. Find a support group
It’s important to open yourself up to new opportunities and have an all-important safe space where you can ask for advice. Everyone has hurdles to face, so it’s important to face them together with likeminded people who understand!
I have my own Facebook group called the ‘International Learning Club’ and I set this up for Entrepreneurs and Working Professionals so they can feel welcomed in a support network of their own. Feel free to check the group out and join us! Facebook groups provide real-life advice from people that are in similar situations as you. By collaborating and learning together this creates amazing opportunities for everyone!
5. Join social clubs
I have a wonderful book club that I am a part of, which I honestly do not know what I would do without! Having a chance to connect with people that are not in your usual friend, family or working network is a breath of fresh air.
It’s always great to meet other people and enjoy a hobby together. Take a look online, in a local paper, shop or search for events on Facebook to find a group that you may be interested in joining. This will also be a great way to relax and not think about anything or anyone but yourself for just a moment.
I hope you find these tips helpful!
I am here for any support you need, so contact me if you would like to talk and remember, we are always welcoming new people on the ‘International Learning Club’ Facebook page, so simply click the image below to take a look!