10 CREATIVE WAYS TO INVEST IN YOUR CAREER: THE HIDDEN TREASURE
Let’s face this, I know traditional career advice can feel like ad stale as yesterday’s coffee. Have you ever climbed the corporate ladder? Have you been there, feeling exhausted and can’t show it? Or have you ever invested in MBA? Maybe, but have you ever thought out-of-the-box, some of the exciting ways to invest in your future? Not yet? Don’t worry. Buckle up fellow career adventurous. I’m going to tell you 10 powerful ways to invest in yourself so that you can find your passion and unlock your unique talents.
FIND YOUR IDEAL POSITION LIKE A NINJA
Forget about the all-odd jobs and small tasks; you just have to become a master of one. Learn only one skill that makes you special in your field. Turn yourself from a pebble on the beach into a unique expensive pearl. Follow your passion first. What excites you, Or what you’re good at? Find it and then do market research. It includes researching the demand for your skill. Whether the skill you have, is in demand or not, if yes, then turn it into an achievable business.
Work On Your Expertise
Found your skill, now work on it. Even a gold bar needs to be polished to make shine so that it looks good when someone wears it, in the same way, you need to polish your skill to to get the best results. Now here comes the question of how you can polish your skills. There are many ways you can get that done. Don’t worry about spending your money on learning your niche skill. Plant a tree and then wait till it gives you a fruit. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb. Coming back to the point of polishing your skill that how you can do it, so, let me tell you some of the ways you can do it, one of them is online courses. There are many platforms which offer free and paid courses like Udemy and Coursera. You can have some expertise through there. Another way is to find a mentor. Find someone who has all the information of your ideal position, soak all the wisdom, and learn something new from them. Or you can join a group or a relatable page. Connect with people share your knowledge and learn from them as well. Let me share with you a story of a girl named Sarah. She was a talented graphic designer, stuck in her corporate job. She was tired of the same repetitive projects. She was slowly losing all the talent she had. One day, she decided to check a local co-working space, she was unsure what to expect from there. That space was full of energy. There was a group of people from every field. Writers, programmers, musicians. They all were working on their projects, sharing ideas and giving advice to each other. She felt excited because at the office she usually feels isolated. At the same time, she hesitated to showcase her portfolio and introduce herself but she did it, and late on she felt lively and started the discussion with a girl named Devid. He was a programmer and was working on his mobile app. Devid was impressed by Sarah’s work and he asked for collaboration, and Sarah agreed. Together Sarah and Devid formed a dream team. They lead to innovative ideas and creative solutions. Later on, they build a startup based on their collaboration.
Sarah’s story tells us about the power of collaboration. Remember when we work together, we achieve much more than we could ever alone.
BE A ROCKSTAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA
In today’s digital world being on social media and crafting your brand is important. Make a brand that showcases your skills and personality. Start sharing your expertise and thoughts on social media and become a thought leader. You can do many things to earn like guest blogging on other pages, and if you’ve expertise then build your podcast or YouTube channel.
Define Your Brand
Defining your brand is important, elaborate on what you do, and tell people your uniqueness. Let the world know you because of your creative skill, and then decide how valuable your skills are. Remember content is the king (or Queen) of social media. Make the contents that are engaging, people always want something new. But the content you create should have importance in the eyes of your audience. “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” – Jeff Bezos makes sure that people always take your brand name in a good way. Consistency is also important. To build your followers you need to show up daily so that your audience won’t forget you. and again, networking is the main key, network like a pro. Try to connect with other influencers and industry leaders to learn something new. Let me tell you one more story of a boy. His name was Kevin, he was a barista with a passion for vintage fashion. He made incredible latte art and wore charming outfits. But her secret talent remained hidden in a small coffee shop. Then one day he participated in a vintage clothing Instagram challenge. Hesitantly he took a picture of one of his best outfits, added a caption and posted it with a hashtag. The response was unexpected. He received many likes and comments. Everyone was praising his unique style and cool personality. He started vlogging on his daily fashion journey, sharing dips, and DIY techniques for vintage transformation, he started hosting live “coffee and closet clean-up” sessions. Kevin wasn’t just a barista anymore; he was known as “The Vintage Expert” he became a rising star in the online fashion community. He soon receives a partnership letter from the clothing store. He connected with thousands and proved that anyone with a passion and a smartphone can become a brand.
As we wrap up, remember not to be afraid of sharing your unique spark with other people on social media. Share your stunning visuals, insightful captions and some attractive sessions. You’re just a post away from building your social empire. Stay tuned for part 2, we’re diving deeper into 10 creative ways to invest in your career.