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How to Create an Inspiring Workspace

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While making things look pretty is considered trivial – especially if you have deadlines looming – walking into a cluttered space could have you feeling demotivated before you even get started with work. This is why creating an inspiring workspace, whether it’s on or around your desk, could boost productivity.

Here are five ways to create an inspiring workspace:

Bring down barriers

More offices are opting for lower cubicle walls or no walls at all. Having no barriers means that people are more available to communicate with each other.. Yes, while the point is to limit distraction, sometimes people need to communicate and collaborate. This is much easier to do with an open space. 

While physical borders might not be present, boundaries still need to be set. If you’re busy and need to meet a deadline, make sure you communicate this to your colleagues. Open spaces also run the risk of letting distraction creep in. Communication between colleagues can easily become a chatter. Make sure people are aware, by explaining clearly and tactfully, that you’re on a tight deadline and urgent work needs to be completed.

Improve your motivation with goals and vision boards

Whether it’s on your computer screen or a wall near your desk, create a goal and vision board. When you sit down, you’ll be able to see what you’re working towards. Your vision board could include anything from a promotion to learning a new skill. If it’s in your line of sight, it will be on your mind. 

Perhaps, you could have the entire office included in this too. For example, a department needs to meet a certain key performance indicator (KPI) – have it written on a whiteboard for everyone to see. This means that the whole team will be working hard towards a common goal. 

Make things personal

Who doesn’t love seeing their pup frolicking around? Having a cute picture of your dog could help brighten up your day. Or perhaps you’d prefer to see your smiling family while you work. Whatever it is, personal items can help lighten and inspire the workspace. Just note that the items should be tasteful and safe for work. 

If you are more nature-inclined, consider adding a pot plant to your space. Most workplaces allow people to bring in some form of floral touch. Just ensure that your plants are small, unobtrusive, and won’t distract any of your deskmates. 

Let there be light!

A dark and gloomy workspace is bound to emanate the gloomy feeling to the workspace. How do you fix this? By adding some light! 

Without ruining any ‘office aesthetic’, you can help to brighten the space by making use of natural lighting (such as by opening all the blinds in the workplace) and, if needs be, bring in more lighting sets. 

If it’s not against office regulation, you can even add a small lamp to your desk (brownie points if you can get the colour to match the company’s brand). The more light in the office, the more inspired and motivated you’ll be to work. 

Maintain an organised desk

Some people thrive in chaos. Unfortunately, a disorderly workspace can leave you feeling tired and uninspired very quickly. Imagine walking into work and heading to your desk, only to find it’s cluttered with papers, post-it notes, and coffee stains from last week. 

Neatly organising everything will start your day on the right (and clean) footing. 

Now that you’ve spring cleaned your workspace, it’s time to spring clean your career. Ready for a boost? Browse our catalogue of online courses to take the next step in your professional life!

Five Reasons Why Upskilling is Crucial to Your Career

As a professional, you are probably faced with shifting systems as different methods to conduct a task or perform an activity are discovered. As technology develops, so do the tools available. 

As a result of the dynamic technology, the way your organisation chooses to operate is more varied and is likely more enhanced.

The catch to these benefits is that you need to be able to keep up with the fast-paced moving technology.

Exploring in your industry and taking time to study is advantageous for these reasons, as well as a number of others:

It keeps you sharp

As you absorb important new things and increase your knowledge, you also exercise your learning muscle. This means that you hone the ability to adapt as technology evolves more easily.

Staying sharp is a crucial component in remaining relevant in your position and your industry, and having the ability to adapt to shifting systems is important to seeing growth in your career.

It enhances relevant employability

To see your career thrive, it’s vital to create and offer value to your company or clients. Employees who go the extra mile to advance their skills are generally stronger at problem-solving, researching, analysing, and displaying a higher level of productivity. Taking a short course also shows initiative, which is always a beneficial skill to showcase, and it increases your chances of a promotion.

Meet similar people

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” 

It’s the mantra which highlights the importance of networking in your industry.

While knowing people to help boost your career is vital, it’s fruitless if you don’t have the skills to back the support. Short courses offer a space in which you can meet individuals in similar roles and industries, which ultimately expands your knowledge and your network.

Being able to upskill AND having people in your corner to help you with connections is a sure-fire way to meet ambitious, like-minded people to push your progress to the next level.

Discover new passions and boost your creativity

It’s possible that you have a great passion for a hobby in an industry and you don’t know it yet. Trying a new thing might inspire something you never expected, like sparking a new career or stirring the desire to be in a management position. 

If you’re looking for a fresh way to spark your creativity, taking a short course can help! The inspiration that flows from learning new material can result in a revived way of thinking, which can encourage creativity in all avenues.

Open up to new possibilities

Whether you have just left school or are looking to step into a new role, the chance of having a fantastic opportunity fall into your lap is probably quite slim. There are few people who will hand out a new position or career without seeing evidence of what you can offer. Being able to stand out makes you more noticeable. That notability increases as you continue to upskill, meaning opportunities will become more present. 

It prevents redundancy and offers job security 

There’s little//nothing more unsettling than having to worry about whether you will have a job in the next few months. The threat of redundancy is enough to motivate emphasising your employee value. Being able to show your worth to your company helps prevent another person or machine from taking over your role.

Adding to your skills helps add to your employee value which, in turn, leads to more security in your position. Being confident (and not arrogant) in your skillset is a way to prove that you are irreplaceable. 

10 Science-Backed Habits For A Fresh Start in Your Career

If you’re feeling underwhelmed with your to-do list, whether personal or professional, perhaps it’s time to reboot! This doesn’t mean going on a sabbatical (although if this is what you need, go for it!) but it’s important to take small steps to achieve effective change.

What better way than to make use of science-backed steps to give yourself a fresh start!

1. Visualise your best-case scenario

Day-dreaming might have been frowned on once upon a time back in school. Today, however, we’re encouraging it! There have been studies that show that the brain doesn’t differentiate between a real memory and an imagined one. With a vivid imagination, your brain might believe the scenario. You’ll develop the self-confidence and belief needed to achieve your visualisation. 

2. Read to inspire

Another childhood nugget: always read! Reading is one of the best hobbies to take into adulthood because it has a profound effect on your brain. Not only does it reduce stress (which is always a bonus!) but studies have confirmed that it can actually rewire your brain. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon scientists, active reading alters the brain tissue. 

Perhaps you’ll start picking up a new passion by stocking your bookcase.

3. Do what you love

A great way to build your self-confidence is to do something you love. In fact, there is scientific proof showing that you’ll live longer. Having a passion project probably points out that you’re excited about doing something, which could result in a career change to align with it. 

Not sure what your passion is? Do some research into courses that may interest you or brainstorm your dream career

4. Reboot your calendar

The reason why you might need a fresh start is that you’re repetitively doing the same thing. To combat this, take a look at your calendar and change or add new things. Perhaps on Monday, schedule time for an activity you haven’t done in a while – this could be reading, exercising, or learning a new skill. A change in routine can help provide a fresh start and could possibly inspire you. 

5. Learn something new

According to a Cornell University study, learning a new skill can increase your brain activity and expand your mindset. By developing or refining your skills, you also create an attitude that will encourage you to believe you can do anything!

After deciding that you want to learn something new, you are faced with choosing what to learn. Maybe you’ve been curious about marketing or you’d like to learn something about leadership. Whatever it is you want to learn, there are dozens of online courses that can help you get a fresh start. 

6. New day, new opportunities

From the moment we wake up, we’re already thinking about tomorrow or the rest of the week. It’s enough to fill you with anxiety and have you feeling defeated before the week is over. 

Instead, wake up and think of the new day as a new opportunity for a fresh start.

7. Manage your regrets

We’re often told to not live in the past but sometimes our regrets can serve as a lesson. 

According to New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz, looking back could help you move forward. 

8. Create your own Personal ‘Board of Directors’ 

Your parents probably told you to surround yourself with good people. This advice will always remain relevant. According to studies, having strong-willed individuals in your social circle can help with your self-control and discipline. We’re not saying you should dump your current group. Rather look to expand your circle. Perhaps, look to your work network and seek out friends in the office to include in your network. 

9. Get some sleep

Living for the ‘hustle’ is often glorified, with people frequently complaining about the minimal hours of sleep they get while wearing it like a badge of honour. However, studies state that a lack of good sleep could lead to mental health problems and lack of productivity. So, get in those eight hours of sleep and get ready to start tomorrow anew. 

10. Talk yourself into a fresh start

Like visualisation, the more you tell yourself about a fresh start, the more your brain will believe it. Suddenly your mindset will shift and you’ll do what it takes to give your life a boost. 

Want to reboot your career? Browse our online courses to explore a fresh start. 

Eight Ways to Spring Clean Your Mind & Your Career

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We live in a world where everything seems to fight for your attention. It often seems as though your work, online studies, personal life, and social circle demand you deal with them now. 

This often leads to an unfocused, pressurized frame of mind, making it difficult to concentrate fully on a task at hand. Studies have shown that the result of a distracted mind is a lack of productivity.

How Distractions Affect Our Workflow

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine discovered that it takes an office worker who has been interrupted from work nearly thirty minutes to return back to the original task. Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thomson, authors of The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success established that these interruptions at work reduce the efficiency and accuracy of the task by a whopping 20%.

While this constant thread of shifting attention is detrimental to our focus, it’s not impossible to beat. 

Despite the distractions, it is possible to refresh your brain in order to flourish this Spring – helping you feel more accomplished in what you achieve throughout the day.

Eight Ways to Eliminate Distractions and Focus Clearly

1. Get rid of the worst first

There’s almost nothing worse than having a dreadful task weighing on your mind all day long. The longer it takes, the heavier it seems to become. 

Beat it by knocking it out the way at the beginning of your day, freeing up that space in your mind to focus on other, somewhat better, tasks. Remember: Once it’s done, it’s done.

2. Reduce your digital pressure

In today’s day and age where our smartphones count as our time-keepers, our calendars, our connection to others, and even our books, it sounds impossible to shut them down for any amount of time. 

It is important, though, to take time away from digital devices such as computers and phones with the intention of focusing clearly without the distraction of a screen. This allows your mind to readjust to a calmer pace, without checking to see if you have any new notifications.

3. Nurture intentional quiet time

One way to consider something clearly is to focus on something else completely. It sounds counter-intuitive, we know, but taking a mental inventory can be exactly what is needed to know what your priorities are. 

Everybody has a different way of internal processing, so the method of having ‘quiet time’ is different for everybody. Some get the most out of mindful activities such as yoga or hiking, while others prefer more still methods, such as meditation. 

Taking this time out on a daily basis can make a massive difference as it helps temper your day while you deal with your work, the people in your life, and any issues that might come your way. 

4. Don’t skip the sleep

When pressure builds close to a deadline, it might be tempting to find additional hours to work from your allotted sleep time. This can become dangerous, as it is more difficult to watch your temperament and your productivity when you are facing fatigue. 

To stay fresh, wake up fresh. And that means getting in a solid 6 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

5. Mind your physical health.

While you focus on replenishing yourself with sleep, integrate or maintain healthy habits to other areas of your life too.

Food and exercise can have a remarkable difference on one’s mood and productivity – and this can go in both directions. If you are eating well, getting in the correct nutrients, and treating yourself to a stress-combatting workout regularly, you’ll likely perform at your mental peak.

7. Find positive peer pressure and negate the negative

Some people seem to suck the energy from others with their negative behaviour. Too much of this can leave you feeling drained or valueless. 

Considering your crowd is a good step to refreshing your mind, as you make room for well-minded, mentally healthy people to influence you in a positive manner. If you are goal-oriented, surround yourself with ambitious people who will elevate you to achieve more and aim higher.

7. Sort out your stress

When you are feeling stressed, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol as a way for you to act quickly to get out of the stressful situation. This results in ‘fight or flight’ responses, which is probably not the optimal way of dealing with things. This messes with your sleep patterns, your mood, and your immune system.

Finding a way to manage stress will have a compound effect, allowing you to focus and act with more clarity than when you feel under too much pressure. 

Stress relief can be in the form of exercise, meditation, social interactions, and deep breathing. 

8. Tend to your schedule

Finding out exactly what you have to do can have a profound impact on a day, as you know how much time to allocate to each task. If you are unsure what you have on your plate, it’s difficult to plan your day. 
Find clarity on what your calendar looks like, and adust it to how it might best suit you. Sorting this out in the morning, or at the beginning of the week can save you headaches down the line.

Your Local Opportunity For Global Success – A Message From Our CDO

We live in a global economy where global opportunities require a global set of skills and qualifications. They say we’re looking towards a new world where we can work from anywhere, at any time. Acquiring skills and qualifications should be the same, right?

From the courses we’ve studied to the jobs we thought we had and the careers we once planned for, we’re in a constant state of flux – a global state of flux.

The one constant is that we need to remain relevant and engaged, both in South Africa and from a global standpoint. Online education helps us do just this. 

The online world has evolved from one of ‘pdfs behind glass’ correspondence to a sophisticated interactive learning experience.  Some of the key drivers in the adoption of online learning include flexibility, reduced costs, adaptive environments tailored to specific learning styles, media-rich content and easy access to experts.

MasterClass has been my go-to place for acquiring skills and insights from experts. Imagine being able to learn filmmaking from Martin Scorsese, leadership skills from Anna Wintour, or even how to cook the perfect steak with Gordan Ramsay (it is Heritage Day, after all). 

This kind of access to expert, world-class content and meaningful feedback is what’s driving the democratisation of the learning experience here in SA as much as anywhere else in the world. And – dare I say it – it makes learning fun again (the reason I got involved in the first place!).

Online education – in its many forms – affords students in South Africa the opportunity to study while they work.

We have seen an increase in post-matric students opting for an online course as opposed to a formal face-to-face learning experience. Saving on commuting and residence fees are one major contributor to this, as is the desire to sidestep the large, impersonal classes and often outdated curricula of physical institutions.

Quantifying Quality & Qualifications

Questions still arise around the overall quality and validity of online short courses and qualifications in South Africa.

When looking for an accredited online qualification, check that the institution is registered with the DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training) as well as the CHE (Council for Higher Education) or any of the various SETAs mandated by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations). Also, make sure that the qualification is registered with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). Most online short courses do not require accreditation, but enrolling with a registered institution speaks to the credibility of the content and learning experience.

The Heart of the Matter

One thing that will always be at the heart of both online and traditional education is the human element. At MasterStart, we understand that – as is the case in a physical classroom – the understanding and support of the lecturer are paramount to the facilitation of a positive learning experience.

10 Tips to Give Your Career A Boost

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We’ll go the extra mile for friends, drive 30 minutes for our favourite burger, and walk a million miles to find the perfect outfit. But when it comes to our career, doing more than we should seems pointless, right? Wrong. 

There are subtle and powerful ways to elevate your chances at work and provide that extra career boost.

1. Plan your day

You’re probably wondering how something this simple can help boost your career. Believe it or not this simple, yet effective, habit helps with productivity. Prioritising your to-do list will help you set your intentions and positioning small wins for the day.

2. Read industry news

Keeping up-to-date on what’s happening in your industry is important. If there’s a new development that might affect how the company functions, bringing it up with your manager or leader can help set you apart from everyone else in the company. In their eyes, you’ve taken the initiative to learn more about the industry and business. 

3. Connect with a mentor

Is there a colleague that you admire? Well, perhaps it’s time you connect and ask to be mentored by them. Pick their brain about their work habits, ethics, and anything you appreciate about them. This way, you’ll be learning a new skill to add to your arsenal. 

4. Get feedback

Self-assessment is great but you know what’s better? Feedback from colleagues or managers.

Naturally, you’re afraid of possible criticism but the feedback you’ll receive is unbiased and could help you develop. 

5. Take a risk or two

To give your career a boost, you need to step out of your comfort zone. This means positioning yourself to perform tasks that might not be part of your responsibility. Not only will you be developing new skills, but you’ll also probably gain the attention of some new people within the business. 

6. Take a class

Continuous learning has numerous benefits, including a possible career boost. Perhaps there are classes and seminars you could take, that could help refine your skills. Maybe there’s an online course that you’ve been interested in. Either way, you get to add a new certificate to your CV. 

7. Brainstorm

What does your ideal job look like? Perhaps it’s a tough question to ask, but you’ve probably thought about it a lot. How do you get your dream job? By brainstorming. Write down the qualities of this job – this could include compensation, benefits, flexible working hours, etc. Then, look for positions or companies that offer this and work towards it. 

8. Set small goals

Don’t underestimate the power of setting goals. Creating long-term goals, while effective, can cause some anxiety. When you set smaller goals, and you achieve them, you’ll feel invincible – and ready to take on new challenges

9. Take a break

We’re part of the ‘burnout generation’ where working hard is often glorified. Taking a break doesn’t set you back, it helps you rejuvenate. Whether it’s a vacation or a ‘staycation’, taking a break will help clear your mind. 

10. Manage your career

Some people are happy to tag along but get despondent when they’re not selected for a special project or noticed by management. If you’re looking to get ahead, you need to manage your career. This means going above and beyond when work is assigned to you. 

Ready to level up? Sign up for a course of your choice and get ready to develop and refine your skillset.

7 Ways to Make Your CV Shine to Stand Out

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Cleaning up a resume and adding in new information can be a process. Any professional who has had to revise their current CV knows that it’s often not just a matter of plugging in the latest experience. Your resume is your first impression for a new recruiter, so it is imperative to make it shine brightly so that you look your best. 

There’s an art to craft the perfect resume to make it stand out beyond the hundreds of other applicants for a job. In this, we explore seven tips to make sure your CV skips the ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ pile on the recruiter’s desk.

Use power verbs with a touch of jargon

Instead of listing your responsibilities, offer why you ‘added value’ to the company by ‘resolving’ problems and creating ‘vital initiatives’ which produced key results.

Adding in buzzwords from the industry, without flooding your resume with them, is a clever nod that you understand the industry terminology. 

Include keywords from the job posting

Some companies conduct keyword searches when going through resumes initially. Adding in the important terms used in the original job posting shows that the resume is customised for this application, which often impresses recruiters. The keywords were chosen intentionally by the hiring personnel, and adding them in is a subtle way of catching their focus.

Tailor your resume to the industry

The CV of a graphic designer should look very different from that of a project manager. Adapting your resume to fit the industry, while adding in your own flair, will help make your work experience look shiny and suitable to send off.

Use a suitable, professional format

You’re a professional, looking for an exciting new opportunity. Brand yourself accordingly

Imagine your resume is like a tailored suit.

It should look crisp, professional, and clean. Details such as the style, headers, and fonts should be relevant to the industry, but overall, making sure it makes you look like the ideal professional candidate is the optimum result.

Edit out any mistakes

If your tailored suit has a small hole in it, a person who notices it will be able to focus on it and nothing else. It tarnishes an otherwise perfect image.

A typo is the same. If your resume looks amazing but has one mistake, it can ruin the opportunity. 

Before sending out your new and shiny resume, take five minutes out, grab a cup of coffee, and come back with fresh ideas to pick out any potential holes. The patience it takes to double-check your CV could be the difference between you and your new job!

Be precise

Adding padding to a resume might seem like a great way to show that you’ve got a wealth of experience, but it’s probably going to go badly for you. A booklet is a surefire way to make a heavy thump on the ‘no’ pile because recruiters just don’t have the time to go through your impressive -albeit chunky- list of achievements.

Instead, having a clean-cut one-pager with the relevant information and is going to catch their attention and win them over.

Add in extra training

You’ve taken time to advance your career while working through short courses or extra training, so add it to your resume! Keeping a focus on your working experience, your resume can indicate that you’ve gone above the rest to train yourself up in your industry. Showcasing to your recruiters the additional training you have can help shine a spotlight on the reasons why your resume is outstanding.

It’s Never Too Late To Study

What would you do if you had the chance to do things differently? 

It’s a question that most of us have either asked other people or asked ourselves. For people who feel stuck in their career choices, this question runs through their head often. It’s a wonderful daydream to have until it’s back to reality. 

We often think that switching careers or learning a new skill is risky. Furthering your studies often meant reviewing your budget and perhaps disrupting your work schedule to keep up with classes.

However, with today’s digital evolution, you have the chance to keep your current job while you develop or refine your knowledge. Here’s why it’s never too late to study:

Flexible schedule

The biggest misconception about studying – especially if you’re an adult with a career – is that there’s no time to keep up with studying and fulfil your work tasks.  

With online learning, you can learn at a pace that is comfortable for you and doesn’t disrupt your work. These days, all you need is a stable internet connection and a device. You can learn during lunchtime, at home, or read notes on your commute. 

Online courses are also not a massive time commitment. You can now educate yourself within a few weeks. Notes are succinct and simple to understand, which makes learning easier and more engaging. 

Learning for all ages and experience

You must shudder to think about sitting in a classroom with students way younger than you. It’s a thought that often discourages most people from furthering their studying, but it shouldn’t. 

Furthering your education is noble and the best investment. Remember, you’re doing this for you. With work experience and wisdom, you may have an edge. 

Also, investing in education doesn’t always mean taking classes at a university. With online learning, having insecurities around your fellow students are a thing of the past. The goal of the content is to ensure that knowledge can be easily applied to the workplace. This is why it’s easy to understand and accessible to all levels. 

Change your career whenever you want 

Let’s say you’ve been working in marketing for a long time, but you’re ready to strike out on your own. Starting your own business seems appealing, but you have no idea about the basics of entrepreneurship.

Investing in your education will help you develop business acumen and provide you with the basic principles of entrepreneurship. 

Boost your career prospects

If you’re looking at getting a promotion at work, learning a new skill will help. Online learning can help you develop a new skill – whether it’s refining your marketing abilities or learning about HR. Adding a new certificate to your CV will ensure you’re top of the shortlist. 

Learning is still fun

Learning a new skill at any age is always enjoyable. These days, course content has become so interactive that they’re more enjoyable. Now, you have quizzes and videos from experts in the industry. 

No matter your experience or age, you still have the chance to better your prospects in the workplace. Furthering and expanding your knowledge helps. It’s never too late to make the leap! 

Browse our course catalogue today and discover how you can set yourself up for the future. 

Switching Careers when Life Calls for a U-turn

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When it comes to your career, the idea to ‘stick it out’ could not be less advised. 

Let’s paint the scene:

You completed your degree after four years of gruelling work. Before countless exams, you wondered if this was going to be the right industry for you. But now, you sit at your desk day after day, hoping that something would remind you why you wanted to do this in the first place. Now, you are tired of waking up early to spend eight hours daily doing something you don’t love.

You used to love it.

But not anymore.

And you just want to see a change.

Despite what you might think, that’s not only okay; it’s good.

Why is changing a job a good idea?

Even if you are unhappy with your work, it can be easy to find reasons to stay rooted in your current job. That sense of security and comfort can be gripping. Unfortunately, comfort can come at the cost of growth.

Switching up your career is beneficial to your professional life in the long-term because: 

You learn your market value  

If you look for a new job, you realize what your skills and career are worth. This is helpful in driving your ambition to either earn more or learn more. While looking at new career opportunities, it is also worthwhile finding ways to acquire new skills.

You connect with new people

The more people with which you engage in your career, the more opportunity you have to gain new perspectives. Having fresh ideas and new concepts around you can be an incredible way to learn new skills

You become a personal-brand expert

When you go for a job interview, you show up looking tidy and professional. Much in the same way, when you go job-hunting, you want to show yourself off. This process allows you to see what the market demands and shows you how you can develop an excellent personal brand.

Tips to change your career successfully

Once you’ve made the decision in your mind to get yourself out there and high-gear your career, make sure you do it in the best, most effective way without burning bridges and destroying future opportunities.

Consider your interests and skills

Really think about what you enjoy doing and how you might be able to implement your skills and passions into a career. Try to design your career around what you are good at and what you currently enjoy doing rather than designing your hobbies and interests around your job. 

Volunteer or freelance in the field

If you are unsure about exactly which path you want to follow next, you don’t need to decide without getting any experience. Look for opportunities where you can do some volunteer or freelance work before to test your interests. If there are no opportunities available, see if you can find someone in the industry you can chat to before diving in. Someone in the field will be able to tell you their experiences – good and bad – which will help you identify whether you like the sound of it or not.

Ask the big questions 

While you look for a new career, you are probably going to be talking with prospective employers. It is crucial for you to find out what you need to before saying yes to moving jobs. Make sure you go in with the right answers to be the perfect interviewee, but also go in with pressing questions so that you can get an idea of what is expected.

Challenge yourself

Nothing yields excellent job satisfaction like pushing yourself. 

I don’t know if I can do this” is not a bad thing to think – strange as it might sound – because the pride that you feel when you can do is unparalleled. Just know, challenging yourself comes at the risk that you might fail. And that’s also okay. Because it means that you are closer to success now than when you started.

5 Ways to Revive Your Career

Maybe you’ve followed the traditional path to get your career started: studied, graduated, and landed a job in the field. You’ve hustled for years; getting promoted and working your way through the ranks. However, you feel ‘stuck’. Suddenly, nothing is exciting about your 9-5. Now, you’re wondering if this is the journey you’re meant to be on.

Before you start panicking and thinking about the time (and money) you’ve wasted choosing your career; breathe. Many people before you have made some changes in their professional career, and they’ve survived and thrived.

You need to acknowledge why you’re feeling stuck. Is it because you’re bored at work? Or you’re bored with your career? Here are five tips to help remedy this:

Consider Moving On

If the thought of heading to work every day makes you want to stay in bed a little longer, then perhaps it’s time you start prepping your CV. The reason why most people feel stagnant is that they need a change of environment – especially if you’ve been at a company for years.

The ‘honeymoon’ period slowly starts to wear off. Suddenly, you’ll start noticing that you’re not excited about your work. Once these signs start to show, the quality of your work may be affected. You should start to nip it before you get forced out.

Find a Side Hustle

If you’re not ready to leave your job because you like stability, maybe start a side hustle. Whether it’s something creative like blogging, photography, or even baking – you’re developing and refining a skill set that you could perhaps apply to your job.

Sometimes stagnation happens because you’ve been performing the same tasks every day. A new creative hobby could help revive your interests. Maybe in time, your side hustle could become your fulltime passion.

Learn a New Skill

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ” – Henry Ford

The buck doesn’t stop once you leave school. The working environment is constantly changing – if you’ve been around long enough, you may have been there when everything made the switch to digital. The evolution of digital, technology, etc. doesn’t mean it’s the end of our careers, it’s just another opportunity to learn something new.

With the rise of online learning, it’s now easier than ever to refine your skillset or to learn something new. Perhaps it’s not about the change in the office environment but rather needing to expand – maybe moving to a new department? Either way, you’re not halting your grand career plan but rather adding new experiences.

Find Meaning In Your Work

It’s difficult to work on something if you’re not passionate about it. Sometimes we do as we’re allocated and forget to ask the question: what is the goal of this?

So, how do you find meaning in what you’re doing? Ask about the bigger picture. Once you find out what impact it will have on your clients or the company’s brand, you’ll start to find meaning in your work.

Re-evaluate Your Goals

It’s possible to outgrow your goals. You may have set these while you were in a different mindset (during the hype of New Year’s Eve) and after a few months, these may not be what you want.

All you need to do is take stock of where you are in life at this present moment. What would you like to achieve within the next month at work? Once you’ve determined this, work out the steps that will help you achieve these goals.

A career revival could be a scary task but there are small steps to help make the transition easier. Whether you’re looking to learn about a new career or think its time you work towards leadership position within your company, find an online course that will help you get there.