5 Tips for Advancing your Career

Are you thinking of growing your career? That certainly needs commitment and sacrifice to achieve more skills and abilities in your field of practice. With a tight schedule and deadlines to meet, it can seem hard to spare time and resources to grow your career. But, how do you juggle advancing your career and maintaining a balance with your current situation? Here are helpful tips.

Drop the Negativity

You will probably fail several times before you can get it right. During this period you will face negativity from the people around you who can have a substantial effect on your growth path. Additionally, you will have sleepless nights, extended working hours and early mornings too. But, the best way is to perceive the hurdles as stepping stones.

Do not buy the idea of how someone else did it. Comparing yourself with such personalities can only drag you behind when you can’t meet the requirements. Focus on building yourself as an individual and have a positive attitude. Additionally, take recharge breaks from the hassle and spend time concentrating on the great things you have achieved at that point. Most importantly, celebrate small achievements and successes.

Manage Your Time

Yes, you could be having a busy schedule every other day of the week. You could be spending plenty of hours at the office, some more with kids and a few to sleep. But the two or three hours of entertainment are not as necessary. Have a plan and allocate time for your daily activities to determine how much time you have left to focus on your career.

Most times, you may want to slash your family’s time and spare it for some work, but it could drain you. But, managing all the time you have is key. For example, you can schedule a day to shop, cook and clean the house to spare the time you would spend every day for each activity. Also, create your priorities and eliminate distractions that could stop you from doing more.

Perform Best in Your Roles

An important way to advance your career is delivering the best at what you do. Focus on providing desirable results with all the tasks you carry out. Concentrate on the key expectations of your job role and pay attention to barriers that would prevent you from doing a good job. Also, acquire additional skills to develop your position duties.

While improving delivery of work, concentrate on developing yourself. One way to do that is by learning your strengths and weaknesses. Most people focus on improving their weaknesses leaving out the high points. Building abilities help you do what you do even better than before. Also, improving on communication skills can be helpful to take your career to the next level.

Create a Career Development Plan

Conduct a self-evaluation to determine the skills you need to work on and improve. With that, create short- term goals and targets for acquiring your stipulated skills. It will help you know the direction you need to take to advance your career. Also, it will help you plan your strategies based on the time and resources you have.

For example, if you wish to develop a single skill in your role at the workplace, you can choose to take online courses for a given period before moving to the next skill. This way, you can achieve small goals and grow your career evenly without abandoning your primary roles. Take little steps, one idea at a time and create a balance between your work and advancing your career.

Get Inspiration from Others

An excellent way to improve skills and advance careers is learning from the people that have gone through your path. Example, seek advice from your department heads and create a relationship with your co-workers. With that, you can start building your skills by practicing the strategies they have used to get to the top.


Developing skills and abilities in your position can be a significant step in advancing your career. With time management strategies and positivity, you can manage to start off the journey to being a better you. More to this, a great plan and excellent work relationships can be helpful to advancing your career.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.