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4 small daily habits that will transform your career



For many of us it’s easy to think big. To imagine the dazzling heights that our career could take us to. What’s more difficult is envisaging how we can achieve these lofty goals. How do you break down these goals into small, manageable, daily steps? One effective way of doing this is by cultivating 4 small daily habits which if used effectively, can transform your career.
Consuming relevant content everyday will help you in your career aims
1. Consume relevant content (read/listen)

One of the most common insights that we receive from employers here at Fircroft is that the very best candidates are those who are up-to-date, knowledge and informed about their field of work.

Now, we’re not suggesting you need to read a new book every day. Far from it. However, it pays to regularly check industry news websites (for engineering and technical professionals we of course recommend EngineeringPro).  Many of these industry news websites also send out free newsletters. Signing up to these newsletters can be a handy way of reminding you to check the news when they land in your inbox. It can also be worth subscribing to receive print publications- many professional membership organisations send out regular magazines to their members. 

An increasingly popular way in which candidates are staying up to date is by listening to podcasts. It’s a form of media which growing rapidly- according to Edison Research, at least half of the US population has now listened to a podcast. Podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date if you struggle to find time to read. Simply download the latest episode of your favourite engineering podcast and listen to it during your commute!

Whether you choose to read or listen, make a vow to consume a piece of relevant content every day (even if it’s just a few pages of a book, watching a short video or listening to a podcast). Make it a habit, and it will pay off!
Don't just be a passive user of social media. Use social media to keep your network warm and your career will benefit.
2. Connect

Do you check social media daily? If you’re like the average person, the chances are that you’ll check at least one form of social media multiple times per day. However, unlike most people you need to make sure you’re not a passive user of social media.

The average user of social media tends to check their news feed, consume some content then log out. Make sure that you’re an active user of social media. This doesn’t have to involve a huge amount of effort- just make sure that every time you log in to social media that you are ‘keeping your network warm’. This can be something as simple as commenting when someone changes their job status on LinkedIn or dropping a former colleague a message to stay in touch on Facebook. They’re people that you can call upon in the future for references or to arrange business deals.

Whilst these small actions might not impact your career straight away, by using your time on social media productively, you keep the door open for future career opportunities.
Would you keep your business plan in your head? Writing down your career goals will help you achieve them
3. Write down your progress

Keep a journal.

There’s no better way of making your goals real and tangible than by writing them down. If your aim starts to wander, you’ll have physical proof of your goals. Just as a business will keep records to act as a ‘paper trail’, a journal will do the same thing. By updating your journal every day (even if it’s just a few sentences) you’ll create a formal trail of evidence demonstrating your progress toward your career goals. 

Make sure you keep your journals as you fill them up. They’ll create an archive of achievements which you can look back upon when you need encouragement.

Don’t just take our word for it. Some of the most famous historical figures kept journals. Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, and Isaac Newton are just a few of the esteemed names of science and engineering whose regular journaling helped them achieve lasting success.
If you want to be interesting, be interested. Asking questions can help acquire the knowledge you need to progress in your chosen career
4. Be curious

“If you want to be interesting, be interested”. 

That’s a phrase you should try and keep at the forefront of your mind every day.

It’s as easy as asking questions. There really is no such thing as a dumb question. Ask your boss how they get to where they are today. Ask a colleague what they’re working on. Figure stuff out. Push at the limits of your knowledge and see if you can learn a new technique or method which will help you complete your work more effectively.

Be curious- even when you’re not in a meeting or with colleagues. Yes, being curious can make you look good in front of your boss and co-workers, but it’s also about personal development, and becoming a richer more fulfilled individual.

Take action today

These 4 small daily habits might not sound revolutionary. In fact, they might seem rather obvious. The point is, the majority of people who read this advice will never put it into practice. To key to making this advice work for you, is to put in the work. Use this advice every day and you’ll find that things to start to work in your favour…

With these 4 habits in place, you’ll be ready to secure the career of your dreams

You can secure that dream career with Fircroft. We recruit technical and engineering professionals for many of the world’s biggest companies. Register for free today and explore our current vacancies now.
Recent Comments
This content is really helpful for every professionals. Thanks for good information.
Anamul Haque, 21 March 2019
Excellent habits, I would recommend that all young professionals take them up. I would also add to the Habit 4 "Be Curious". Ask why is are things done in a certain way. Often it is because "it always had been" and once you start investigating you find that the original reason no longer exists and that a new method may be adopted.
Miles Ponsonby, 06 December 2019
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