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How to Fast Track Your Career (Career Development)

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14 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Career Path

    • 3. 2 year rule

    • 4. Switch companies

    • 5. Maintain relationships

    • 6. Try your best

    • 7. Mentor

    • 8. Office politics

    • 9. Develop new skills

    • 10. Using Paid Time Off (PTO)

    • 11. Myth 1

    • 12. Myth 2

    • 13. Personal Life

    • 14. Final thoughts

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How to Fast Track Your Career (Career Development) 

Growing in your career is a learnable skill and within this course we will explore some of the easiest, best ways for you to take your career to the next level. 

Who is this Career Development course for? 

This course is for anyone who wishes to advance and grow in their career. Whether you are just starting your career or you've been in the workforce for many years, this course was developed to give you real-world actionable steps you can take to advance in your career. 

What will I need for this Career Development course? 

An open mind and willingness to push yourself to perform at a high level

What to expect in this Career Development course? 

  • How to choose a career path 
  • Importance of building relationships
  • How to navigate "office politics" 
  • Why switching companies isn't a bad thing

And many other tips and secrets to develop a winning psychology that will give you a competitive advance in the workplace. 

We are super excited you've decided to check out this Career Development course and look forward to seeing you inside! 

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1. Introduction: Growing in your career is one of the most important things you can do to provide a better life for you and your family. Hi, my name is Steven. I am a content creator and instructor here on Skillshare to now over 2300 students in my own personal life, I've been able to grow pretty quickly in my corporate career, increasing my salary of around 40000 dollars in just a couple of years in this course, I want to break down the fundamentals of what you can do to help fast-track your career and help you get to the next level of worked at small startups to a Fortune 500 companies. So I've seen a wide range. Different companies worked with many different people in a number of different states throughout the country. I also want to share some of my personal secrets that I've used. Again, that's really helped me move up the corporate ladder really quickly. I'm really excited about this course and helping you get to that next level, which you know you deserve. Let's go ahead and get started. 2. Career Path : The first thing we need to take into consideration when advancing in our careers is thinking about our career path that we're on, and thinking about the movement that we can make over the long-term. I think unfortunately, many people make the mistake of not thinking five, 10, 20 years down the road. So the first thing for us to successfully move up in our career and get the promotions we know we deserve is to think about our career path that we're currently on and make sure there's some longevity to it. Make sure that we're moving along this road in a methodical way to make sure that we're not getting stuck in some dead end job or in some dying industry. Let's go ahead and run through a couple examples to better illustrate this idea. For me personally, my day job, I work in the financial industry. So we can think about that as the wide road within that. There's many different routes that I could take. As time has gone on, I've decided to go down the more narrow path of risk and compliance. And I've chosen to do that for a couple of reasons. One, I have natural interests and I think that area of work is fun. So that's going to be important. Number 2, there's plenty of job opportunity and growth within that field. So I'm not going to conceivably get stuck at a certain level after two or three years, there's enough job opportunities and growth for me to continue advancing up for the next 10, 20, 30 years. There's a couple of ways I came to that conclusion. Number 1, I spent a lot of time taking a look at the various job postings that are out there, seeing what jobs are at my current income level, maybe 20000 higher, fifty thousand, a hundred thousand. Even though right now I realistically couldn't get a job that's a 100 thousand more. Still just taking a look and having an awareness of what job opportunities are currently out there gives me a better understanding of where the overall industry is and the opportunities that lie. So that way I can better plan the path that I'm on. The second thing is paying attention to the news and the media, understanding how the world is changing. So when it comes to financial industries, there's a lot more pressure from the government regulators to make sure that these financial institutions are following the rules. And so because there's that increasing pressure from regulators in the government, that's inevitably going to create more opportunity within these financial institutions to offer compliance jobs. Another example, let's say you're just coming out of school right now and you want to be a programmer again. So that's the wide road that you're going to be on. But then within that there's many different types of developing and programming jobs you could get, right, or you give me a front end engineer, a backend. What type of language or code are you going to use? This is where doing your own research and having an awareness of how the world is currently changing. It's going to be extremely important. If you're coming out of school, you don't want to focus on a programming language that's out of date and there isn't much demand for, it is going to be important to take a look out into the world, take a look at job postings, even if you're not necessarily in the market for a job at the moment, to always have your finger on the pulse of what the job market is currently looking like, where there's certain trends are moving. So that way you're on the correct path and you don't end up hitting roadblocks or getting stuck in some dead end job and having to switch careers. 3. 2 year rule: The next thing I would suggest for you to advance in your career is something that I like to call the two-year rule. And basically what this means is you shouldn't be in your current position or role for more than two years. Once you're in a position for more than two years, there's going to be really diminishing marginal returns of the actual stuff you're going to learn really from that point on, you're going to be kinda just wasting your time. The reason why this is so important is if you're really looking to increase your income and get the promotions that you know you deserve. Unfortunately, sitting back in the same position for years and years, you're not going to most likely achieve that. And one of the best, most efficient ways to increase your salary is to keep applying for positions above where you're currently at. The two-year timeframe is a good time frame because it shows that you are able to stick around, GR, able to put in the work, you are able to learn the appropriate skills. But at the same time, it also shows to the new employer or to recruiters that you're ambitious. Once you've learned all of the skills and knowledge that you need to learn from that job. You're looking for a challenge, right? You're looking for that next thing to take your career to the next level is two-year rule is also really important. I honestly believe this actually helps give you more job security. So what I mean by that is he my own experience. I've seen way too many people. They learn how to do the job and they're comfortable instead of trying to apply for that next position up or push themselves or develop new skills. They get comfortable where they're at. And there's nothing wrong with that intrinsically. But the problem, and where if you're doing that, the risk you're setting yourself up for is we have to think about the world is always changing. And so because the world is always changing, businesses have to change their processes, they have to change their departments. You have to hire new people, they have to fire people in business has to change in response to the world. If you're sitting in our department for five to six years, It's very possible during that five to six year timeframe, there's going to be layoffs, there's going to be downsizing because the department no longer needs. It seems a little counter-intuitive, but actually by playing it safe and not taking a risk to step up, I think you are setting yourself up for a lot more risk and ultimately hurting your career in the long run. 4. Switch companies : The next piece of advice I would give you is if you're looking to grow in your career, one of the easiest ways to get arrays is to switch companies. The reality of the world that we live in today is, it's not very common anymore, where you can go and work for a company for 40 years. They're going to take care of you. They're going to give you a pension, a solid retirement plan. Those days are gone. I really like to think about this switching companies in hand with that two-year rule that I talked about before. I think this is one of the most strategic best ways for you to increase your income really fast from a lot of the research I've done, It's pretty reasonable for you to get anywhere from 15 to 25 percent raise if you end up switching companies compared to just staying within the company when you're applying for a job internally. When it comes to the negotiation aspect of the salary, you're kind of at a disadvantage because the company can see what you're currently making. Whereas if you apply to an outside company, they have no idea what your salary is and it puts you in a stronger negotiating position from my own observance. I've also seen this is a pretty common practice, especially in the whole startup landscape, especially a lot of the folks who are in New York, Silicon Valley. It's pretty common for somebody to work for a startup for one or two years, then they'll switch and go to another company within the industry that's not looked at as not being able to hold a job, but it's looked at as being ambitious. And one caveat with this is you want to make sure that you're in your position or at that company for a minimum of a year, if you're jumping around too much, you know, every three months, every four months, that's going to look more erratic because realistically, you're not going be able to learn and develop a skill and master something within three months. Whereas you can realistically master a scalar domain within a year or two years. 5. Maintain relationships: The next thing I would suggest to make sure that you have a good long career is to make sure that you're maintaining relationships with everybody you come across. When we're working, especially at a big job, we're sort of forced to work with a bunch of strangers. And the reality of it is we're not going to necessarily be best friends with everybody. And there may be certain people we don't get along with or we don't see eye to eye with and that's completely okay. That's just going to happen with the job. Something that kinda blows my mind as an adult, I've seen this way too many times in the whole corporate setting where grown adults will be fighting with each other and burning unnecessary bridges that they don't need to be burning. In my own experience, it's been crazy to see situations where I've worked with somebody 45 years ago. And then our paths cross again four to five years down the road. But whatever you can do to show up, treat everybody you interact with, with respect regardless of the position, regardless of whether you necessarily like them or not. Because at the end of the day you never know if your paths will cross with them. You don't want to unnecessarily burn bridges or make it harder for yourself to move up in advance in your career. 6. Try your best: Next tip I would strongly suggest is whatever job you have in front of you do it to the best of your ability and don't cut any corners or slack off, especially when you have an entry level job or some job that you don't like, it's really easy to cut corners and not show up and put your best foot forward. But the problem with that is the quality of your work, the way you show up to work, That's all develops and goes into your overall reputation, whatever it is that you're doing, even if you're not excited by the job that you have, show up, do the best you can at everything you do. You never know who's watching from afar, who's paying attention? The more integrity you have with your work that will shine through and that will open up more doors for you in the future. 7. Mentor: The next thing I would suggest when you're looking to advance in your career is developing some type of mentor-ship with either a manager or somebody who has that next position that you want. This is something that's been extremely helpful for me. I've had managers in the past and really helped me understand the whole interview process. They've given me tips on how to better speak to recruiters. They've given me better insights about how the whole company salary process works, how to better negotiate. So I've gained some extremely valuable insight which is then allowed me to get additional promotions in the future. It doesn't even need to be your manager. You're right. It could be somebody on LinkedIn who already has that position or they're in that field of work, you're interested in thinking about going into that. There's nothing stopping you from sending a message to somebody online and seeing if they're open to talking for a couple minutes to gain better insight into if that's a career path that you want to take. There's so much great information out there on the Internet nowadays. There's four ohms. There's plenty of groups of people out there who are doing similar careers that you're doing. Don't be afraid to step out, reach out to other people who are already doing. What is that you wanna do and ask and reach out for help. This is something I wish I would have started doing much sooner my career in my early days, I used to think that everything was up to me to figure out my career growth and all that. It's totally up to me, which I think it's true to a certain extent. But recently I've had the mindset shift to everybody in the world wants to help me. The world is working for my favor. And all it takes is for you to step out, ask for some help, then just remember the help that you got. So when you do get to that next position, don't be afraid to then help other people follow you behind. 8. Office politics: The next thing we're going to talk about, which does play into this whole dynamic is office politics. I know this is can be a little more of a controversial subject, but at least give me my insights regarding this whole thing. Although it is true that, you know, at work there's certain things you should and shouldn't say weighs you should and shouldn't act with that being said, I don't like the idea of office politics. The way I really think about this is it's possible that people in the office and want to play these office politic games and they may be passive aggressive. They may give you work That's unwarranted. They may try to create unnecessary drama or gossip. It's human nature. But the way I think of it is it takes two people to play a game. So in their mind, they may think that there are playing some game with you. They're trying to get you off your purpose and your center and manipulate your chances for the promotion so they can get ahead. The way I think about this whole thing though, is they can't play the game. If I don't play the game, right? Again, it takes two people to play a game. If I'm not even thinking about these office politics, if I'm just showing up, doing the best job I count every single day treating people with respect. If somebody talks negatively about me or gossips, I don't take it personally and because I know they don't know me as a person, right? Having enough self confidence to know who you are, just don't play into any type of weird and manipulative behavior that your co-workers maybe engaging in. That's the easiest way to navigate that whole thing, right? And something I've learned to in my own experiences, as you move up the ranks of corporate America and you get higher, higher promotions, those types of games are going to be less and less. Because for the most part, most of the people who make it to these higher levels, they're only able to make it to those levels because they have a certain level of integrity and character. I know it's still a possibility, right? You may have some really high-functioning manipulative managers. I really want to even think or focus on this too much. Just remember it takes two people to play a game. So if you're not even playing the game, if you're not even entertain in it, you show up, do the best you can, then everything else will take care of itself. 9. Develop new skills: The next thing I would strongly suggest for you to do as you're advancing throughout your career. Understand that sometimes for you to make it to that next level, you're going to have to develop a new skill, the money that were paid through our job. It's just a reflection of the value that we bring to the marketplace. The more relevant skills that you have that will help you be able to negotiate a higher salary. If you find yourself starting to reach a plateau where you know that you're not going to really be able to advance past a certain level. Started thinking about what you can do to develop a new skill that will allow you to break through and go to that next level. When you are going to develop these skills, think about how this is going to actually move you to the next step. I think sometimes people think that education as a blanket concept is going to solve all their problems. If you're still not showing up to work every day, if you're not doing your best, taking out 50 to $75 thousand in student loans to just get a degree isn't necessarily going to solve all of your problems when you are spending the time to get the certifications, get additional education. Be mindful of how this is going to actually help you move from point a to point B. Make sure it's grounded in reality and you're not unnecessarily spending your time and money if it's not going to really correlate to getting that next position up. 10. Using Paid Time Off (PTO): Third tip that may help you move up in your career a lot faster is to use your PTO or paid time off that you're given by your work in a strategic manner. Most people, when you're getting PTO, it's used for vacation time. You need time to relax and get away from work or hang out your family and kids and all that. But if you're really looking to fast-track your career, something that I've done that's worked extremely well using my IP TO throughout the year in a strategic manner. So for example, I wouldn't take any days off for the first, say, six months when it comes to applying for a new job, I'm able to take time off. So that way I have more time to think through my interview questions, clean up my resume. Another real-world example of this was I knew that I wanted to get a new certification in the standard study timeframe for people to get this certification was around three months. So what I did was I took just two weeks of PTO off. So I had two weeks uninterrupted. I was then able to go to the library, study for around eight hours a day, ended up getting this certification in less than a month. I took something that typically was going to take three months. But because I use my PTO strategically, I gained more time back, was able to compress that down into one month. And then that opens up the door for me to interview and apply for new jobs much sooner. I know it's not for everyone, but that is something that's been extremely helpful for me in fast tracking my career is saving the PTO and then using it in a strategic manner. 11. Myth 1 : In this next section, I'm going to cover a couple common myths that a lot of people have regarding companies and career growth and all that. The first myth that I see a lot of people believe is that companies care about you. Your manager may care about you. You may have great co-workers and have great relationships and friendships with people at work from a higher level concept, right? The company as an entity, it doesn't care about you. And when I say they don't care about you, what I really mean by that is if the employer employee relationship, it's a very transactional thing. At the end of the day, you only have a job because you're helping this company make more money if the business environment changes, if you're no longer necessary or you're no longer valuable to them to help them make money, he'll be laid off. That can sound like a nihilistic point of view. But the reason why I think just acknowledging this is very important is to understand that when it comes to switching jobs, when it comes to promotions, when it comes to driving your career forward and moving up, you have to be your own advocate. The company isn't gonna do that for you. Don't feel guilty if you're making a switch suddenly from one company to another company early on in my career, this is something I personally struggled with and I felt guilty around it. I felt guilty leaving my managers and all these great people to go somewhere else. And that really held me back from a lot of opportunities and career growth in the early part of it, your managers, your co-workers, everybody can be great. You can have create interpersonal relationships, but don't feel guilty or bad about switching companies or moving on to that next stage in your career, right? You have to be your own advocate. 12. Myth 2: The next myth, at least in my own experience, has been a lot of these extra curricular activities that the company wants you to join our pretty much pointless and don't really contribute much to your career growth. The higher-up manager as well requests for us to join various, like fun and committees or two beyond various groups, keeping track of other people's birthdays, putting on fun events and picnics and other stuff like that. There's certainly a place for that in the workplace and helps build teamwork and commodity and all that. But whenever these programs are rolled out, they always need volunteers to be a part of it. I've always seen managers working to sell these programs saying, well, if you're a part of this extra curricular activity, this is a great thing to put on your resume and that's really going to help you advance to the next level. In my own personal experience, I've never joined any of those simply because that's just not who I am as a person doesn't interest me at all. But two, I've seen countless people join these groups thinking that the involvement in these groups can somehow make up for the quality of the work way you show up to work. So if you're showing up to work every single day, you're putting in quality work and then you're joining these various company groups and extra things. I completely agree. That can be a good thing to put in a resume that can help you move on to the next level. If you're struggling to make it to work, if the quality of your work isn't really up to par if you're not performing at a high level, I don't think these additional extra curricular activities that work wants you to be involved in can make up for the lack of quality of work that you can put it in. This is kind of off to your own personal preference. In my own experience, I've never joined any of these groups and I've been more than fine moving up. 13. Personal Life: The final piece of advice I'll give two fast-tracked her career is to clean up your own personal life and establish more integrity around the way you live your personal life. Far too many people believe that their work-life in their personal life are separate things when in fact everything is interconnected and the way you live your personal life does directly impact the way you show up to work. You can take a step back and think about it for a second. The facts are, majority of people don't eat healthy. Majority of people aren't exercising properly. Majority of people are sleeping properly. The majority of people aren't regulating their blood sugar levels. Majority of people aren't spending free time on the weekends studying and learning a new skill. The majority of people are wasting time on social media websites looking at negative information which causes their mindset to be negative and develop negative thoughts compared to consuming positive, encouraging information. So if you're able to clean up these areas of your life, That's going to allow you to show up better at work. For example, in my own life, I found when I started eating healthy every single day, that allowed me to show up with more energy. I didn't have that 3PM crash due to eating all these carbs. So that allowed me to show up with more energy, to think more clearly. And then as a result, I was able to get better results. I were, if I was able to simply show up and do just 5% better than everybody else. Simply because of the way my diet is. Think about how 50 percent compounds day after day. If we zoom out and think about this, if you're able to clean up your life in all the areas that you know you should be working on, but you haven't bent. That's absolutely going to help set you apart in the workplace. That's going to help give you new ideas and really help you see new opportunities that exist out there. 14. Final thoughts: As rapidly course I first want to thank you so much for your time and attention. I hope gets some good insights into this. And for the class project, what I want you to do is to complete the cash worksheet and spend some time thinking about where you're at in your career, what path are you on, and then what tangible things can you do moving forward to help fast-track your career and get you into a spot that you know you deserve. Then once you complete that and be sure to upload that to the course project. So that way me and other students can see if you have any additional ideas or insights. Feel free to leave those in the discussion section. I wish you the best of luck and take care.