Do you know where you will be in your career in five years’ time? For some people, this can be a very easy question to answer – they just want to be in the same career that they are in now, possibly in a slightly higher position at the same company that they work for right now. Id that how you would answer that question? If so, you need to ensure that you take the steps to future-proof your job, to ensure that it is still there in five years’ time and that you are still the best person to hold it. Not doing this could risk your job. Ready to improve the longevity of your position and career? Here are a few tips that can help with that.
Know Your Rights
First of all, it is essential that you know your rights as an employee. Your job contract will include details about your notice period and how your employer can terminate it. Make sure you read these so that you know whenever you may be being forced out of your position for unreasonable reasons. You might also want to get additional help here with regards to accidents in the workplace. Your employer is required to offer you a certain amount of financial help if you do get injured, and it’s important to know this so you get everything you are eligible for.
Get Tech Savvy
Technology is becoming increasingly important in the majority of industries and sectors these days. You need to make sure that your own tech knowledge is enough for you to carry on in your position. If you ever start to fall behind with your tech savviness, you might find that your employer tries to find more knowledgeable individuals to take your place. So, even if it means taking a training course out of office hours, make sure you keep up with all the current tech know-how, no matter what your job is.
Break Down Geographical Boundaries
Nowadays more and more companies are going international and, as a result, their employees need to start thinking globally so that they can keep up. Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean that you need to learn another language. It just means that you need to be a lot more open to working in culturally diverse work spaces. You might even be required to take part in some international travel to help the company progress in new markets. This is something you need to be enthusiastic about.
Improve Your Network
It always pays off to work on increasing your professional network. This can be beneficial for you as it can provide you with more people who you can reach out to whenever you need additional help and support. But it also helps to increase awareness of your company and could bring in more clients. If these new clients say that you referred them, then your boss will certainly be impressed!
Part of future proofing your career involves removing or dealing with issues that could stop an employer wanting to hire you. There are many examples of this including a legal issue that prevents you from driving. Most employers want to know their employees can drive because it means they are more reliable. If you have experienced an issue that has prevented you from driving you should consider all avenues at your disposal including the RMV Appeal Board. They should be able to help you get back on the road.
Follow all of these tips and your career will definitely be safer in the coming future!