10 Habits to Help Advance Your Career

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Jenny Oliver, General Manager of Group Insurance at TAL, recently shared some key tips on career progress. From seeking new learning opportunities and maintaining continuous development, to putting a hand up for anything and everything. Here are 10 habits to help advance your career.

1. Always put your hand up

Even if it’s Friday night drinks or sitting on the committee to pick new office chairs, I put my hand up for anything and anywhere I could add value. I became me known as the go-to girl who could make lives easier. Sometimes I was confident, but sometimes I wasn’t. As a result of my positivity, I accepted a reinsurance manager role… I didn’t even know what reinsurance was and spent the first week researching it! This led to bigger and better opportunities 12 months down the line, which wouldn’t have been possible without being the ‘Yes Women’.

2. Be curious

Always seek to understand more. That knowledge base gives you the confidence to make important decisions at crucial points in your career and personal life.

3. Create your own opportunities

Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. If there’s something you want to do, make sure you go for it. Explain to your organisation what value you can bring and convince them to give you a shot.

4. Support your team

Organise your team early and look after them. As a leader of a larger team, I realised that it was important to invest heavily in staff development.”

“Sideways and down can sometimes lead you up.”

It’s really more of a lateral move worked great for me. Sometimes you don’t just need a vision of success, but a career vision that will lead you to your goals.

5. Give it a go

Come on. Just try it. It will be great. You will love it. Why not?

Sometimes I put my hand up for soo many things that unexpected opportunities arise from the woodwork. At one point in my career, I loved numbers, finance and graphs, but I found myself heading up the marketing team as a result of putting my hand up. Opportunities won’t come to you so make sure you keep a close eye on any popping up!

6. Have a sponsor

Have a sponsor and surround yourself with people who know what you want. It’s important that people in your organisation know exactly what it is that you love and makes you tick.

7. Find your passion and values

When you’re enthusiastic and passionate about your job, you’re driven to get things done. When you’re not as interested and don’t feel aligned, it’s tough to succeed. In this case, move on and find your passion.

8. Be proud

Make sure you’re in the best job you can be in, and be proud of your career.

9. Learn something new

Add something new to your CV every 6 months, never stop learning and strive to be better.

10. Network

Network, network, network – even when you don’t want a new job. Remember: job security comes and goes, but a solid network of valuable contacts is valuable no matter the circumstances.

I don’t have a solid vision for where I want to be in 20 years, but as long as it involves being passionate, enjoying what I’m doing and being surrounded by great people, then my vision of success will be accomplished.

This article previously appeared on www.wilma.net.au

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