There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious. It’s good to have goals and to know where you want to go.
But unfortunately, when you’ve been in your job for a long time, you can start to feel stagnant. Opportunities for development can dry up, and sometimes you just need to try your hand at something different.
Boosting your skills will help you make that transition from your current job to one you enjoy. Whether you’re working from home and want to make a splash in your industry, have your eyes on a whole new career path, or are simply looking to use your free time to boost your skillset, these are just 3 ways to grow your career at home.
If you have transferrable professional skills for which there is a freelance demand, this type of work can be a great opportunity.
While it might not lead directly to a stable job, you can do a little freelancing on the side of your full-time role. As well as allowing you to earn, you’ll gain additional experience through your clients that your current position may not offer.
And with experience, a freelance career can be transformed into a full-time venture, giving you the opportunity to do something you love. Typical freelance careers include writing, photography and web design, but if you have specialised skills in a particular industry, you may be able to hire out your expertise as a freelance consultant, advertising your skills via sites like Freelancer.com.
- Study an online degree
Many of us can train and upskill through our jobs.
But if you feel that you aren’t getting the development opportunities you need, or want to embark on a new career path, studying online can be a flexible way to maintain your fulltime duties without compromising on your own growth.
ARU Distance Learning offer a range of online degrees which can be studied remotely at a time and a place that suits you, allowing you to balance your growth with your current career and commitments.
- Grow your network
Communication is one of the biggest challenges of working from home, and it can be hard to stay connected to your colleagues
But not only is it vitally important to be connected to those in your company, it’s good to get to know people within your industry.
You can do this via in-person networking events, which you may be able to access independently or through work, as well as virtual events, which remain increasingly popular post-pandemic.
Meanwhile, networking platforms like LinkedIn can introduce you to similarly experienced professionals who may lead you to new opportunities – some jobhunters even manage to be talent spotted through the platform.
With these 3 ways to grow your career at home, you can make the most of resources available to you at home to continue your career development at your own time and pace.
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