You probably already have a bucket list full of travel, adventure and life experience ideas. But have you applied that same kind of goal setting mentality to your professional life?
If you want to succeed in the workplace, it’s important to have well defined long-term goals. Here’s our list of 7 career experiences that you can toss into that “to do” bucket at work.
Find a Mentor
A professional mentor can serve as a great guide for the workplace and become a valuable connection. Find someone whose career trajectory you admire and ask if they’d be willing to talk about their journey as a way to get the conversation started. You’ll be surprised to find that most people are flattered to have the opportunity to talk about their experience and would love the opportunity to mentor a younger colleague.
Receive a Company Award
Who doesn’t like a trophy? Top company awards recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond their job duties to contribute something meaningful to the company. Receiving such an award will not only set you apart in your current role, it will pave the way for future opportunities. Look for ways to stand out at your organization, whether it’s by exceeding sales targets, assisting colleagues or taking on extra projects.
Learn Something New
Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you should stop learning! Employees who prioritize personal development always stand out in the workplace. Demonstrate initiative and commitment to your role by learning a new skill on your own time, reading books in your field and attending conferences or seminars.
Travel for Work
Chances are, you wouldn’t turn down a little bit of travel, right? Why not combine that goal with your professional life? There are many ways to travel through your job, from applying to positions that require travel to considering relocation opportunities within your company. Not only will you learn valuable skills such as adapting to new environments, you’ll also get the chance to explore new parts of the world.
Mentor a Younger Colleague
Just like finding a mentor can provide value to your professional life, finding someone to mentor can also be a rewarding experience. Even if you’ve only been at your job for a couple of years, your knowledge can help to guide a new employee through the company. If you’re just entering the workplace, consider reaching out to college students who’d like to follow your career path by networking during alumni/student mixers.
Share a Great Idea
Don’t just take assignments. Figure out ways that you can stand out while putting your creativity to use by developing a unique idea to solve a problem at your organization. Not only will you earn recognition from your leaders, you’ll also experience the satisfaction of witnessing one of your own ideas come to life. While getting a new idea implemented will require a lot of focus and dedication, the reward you’ll get will make it all worth it.
Speak at Your Alma Mater
There are a lot of ways to give back to your alma mater, and one is to return to inspire the next generation. Many professors welcome back alumni to speak to students about what their job entails and share advice on how others can follow in their footsteps. Start working toward this goal by reaching out to past professors to see if any offer opportunities for alumni to speak during classes.
By Priscilla Aceves