When you invest in your career, you’re investing in yourself, and ultimately that’s the best way to get your employer to in turn invest in you.
Unfortunately, not all ways you might consider investing in your career are going to be worthwhile. When you’re thinking about your options, particularly if they’re a significant financial investment or even a big investment of time, you want to make sure you’re strategic.
You want to look at investing in your career just like you would any other investment, and ensure you’re going to get the returns you want and need.
Below are some worthwhile ways you can become an investor in your own success.
Get An Advanced Degree
The American workforce, particularly Millennials, are at an all-time level regarding education. Almost 9 out of 10 adults in 2015 had at least a high school diploma or GEO, and nearly 1 in 3 of adults had a bachelor’s degree or better.
What this means is that you not only need your bachelor’s degree to stand out to employers in many cases. It’s now important to go for advanced degrees, but before diving in, do your research and make sure that the pay after you obtain that degree is going to be sufficient and provide you with a strong ROI.
Go for a Certificate
If you don’t want an advanced degree, likely because of the investment of both time and money it would require, there is good news. You can still get ahead and invest in your career by taking certifications.
Online education is an excellent opportunity to get certified in various areas and either be more appealing to future employers or get a promotion. The great thing about certificates is that they’re specifically designed to teach in-demand skills.
For example, you could take Hadoop training, and big data engineers have average salaries ranging from $119, 250 to $168,250.
Or you could even go for a bachelors in business leadership as this would be a great way to enter into a management position for a company.
Attend Conferences, Workshops and Networking Events
There are amazing conferences and networking events held all over the country and the world throughout the year, regardless of the industry you’re in.
If you want a short-term investment that can pay off big in the long-run, look for some of the best events that are relevant to your career field and go.
Not only will you learn the newest trends and information in your industry, but these can offer some great networking opportunities that can be invaluable.
Create a Brand For Yourself
Finally, you always want to have a brand for yourself as an employee, no matter what your desired or current career field is.
This means that you invest in having a website and maintaining your social media profiles and online and offline resume and portfolio so that future employers can see your skills and background.
You also want to spend time making sure there’s no negative information floating around about you online or on social media.
Your brand is something you should always work on keeping updated because you never know who might come across you online, and what opportunities could arise as a result.
It may seem counter-intuitive to spend money to make money, but investing in your career can you give you the boost you want, as long as you’re doing it in a way that’s smart and effective.
What are you doing to invest in your career? I would love for you to share what you are doing to invest towards your career and make yourself stand out in the workforce.