How to Leverage Your Experience into a Stepping Stone

September 27, 2018

Career Advice

Not 100% satisfied with where you currently sit? That’s ok! More than likely this position is simply a stepping stone, or a step in the right direction toward the position or the career that you desire. Feelings of unhappiness mean that you have greater ambitions–and that’s a good thing. Here are some tips on how you can leverage your current experience into the next big role.

  1. Dive deep. Think about the skills or experiences you are earning in this current position. Now perfect them. Become the best you can be and learn everything there is to know. In other words, take advantage of this opportunity to the fullest. That way, when you do leave you’ll have no regrets.
  2. Branch out. Talk to your manager about how you can dip your toes in other waters. Perhaps there are peripheral projects that are interesting to you. Show how your current skills translate to the needs of that peripheral space. Raise your hand and put yourself out there.
  3. Keep inventory. Literally write down all of the skills you are using on a day to day basis–and don’t forget the soft skills. Many of these can be translated across multiple fields and multiple positions. So there is no need to ever feel locked into a certain role or path.
  4. Start talking. Networking is incredibly important and always will be throughout your career. Start planting the seeds now, and you will reap the rewards later when you need them most. Connect with people inside your company and throughout your industry whom you admire.
  5. Make a map. Think of your current position that you hold today. Now think of the position you want in five years. What small steps can you take between now and then to get you there? What skills do you need? Draw a path and follow it. (And if you can’t quite figure it out yourself, find a career mentor.)

Image via Chris Gin/Flickr.

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