Refining Your Competence With That Little Something Extra
When it comes to truly distinguishing yourself in your field, it’s easy to feel lost and confused. Not only is there a big scary world out there, but finding the field you want is hard enough. Let alone trying to become great within it. This is why it’s so important to be competent at what you want to do, and play to your strengths.
However, sometimes being competent is simply not good enough. Sometimes, you need to refine that competence for that little something extra. Much like putting salt on fries, or a cherry on the top of your cupcake, topping off your resume and skill-set in a certain way can put you at the forefront of achieving a better and more satisfied position in life.
We’d like to suggest some simple tips to help you do this:
Get Further Further Education
Graduating with a degree is a wonderful pursuit. Unfortunately, so many people boast them these days that it’s not uncommon to have graduates working in jobs they held before attending college. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your education is as developed as it could be. You might be itching to get started, but growing in the direction of your dreams can help you become even better at identifying what you want, and starting off in a stronger position.
What’s more is that attending a direct physical institution isn’t the only place you can get qualified. MA education online is a possibility, which helps refine your skill-set in your own time. This is perfect if you also need to work some of the week to cover your costs. You may even be able to get further financial help through your student loaning authority. If you have the skills to push forward, this can help you in major ways, and make your CV look that little bit more important.
It sounds terrible to say, but it doesn’t stop it from being somewhat true. Sometimes, getting hired isn’t what you know, it’s both that and who you know. Networking effectively isn’t always a shady practice. It simply helps you get your name circulating, to a degree which people think of you when trying to recall the names of competent people in a certain specialism.
For that reason, attending networking events, looking on social media for those who you could work with or for, and attending volunteer positions just to get your foot in the door and develop relationships with those you could help your professional life to no end.
Now remember, all of the accreditation and all of the friends in the world mean nothing without the iron will you need to define yourself in the industry of your choice. This period of discipline is important, because it’s the cost anyone must pay in order to become better at a select goal. Without this, your career plans will become ephemeral, and there’s nothing that kills creative ambition more than that. Make sure you juice your work with a feeling of constant refinement, constant research into new and better methods of conducting your ability, as well as refining weak spots such as public speaking or interpersonal communication.
With these tips, you will become that little more effective at being qualified for and securing the jobs you really desire.