Take Control Of Your Career

The number of hours we spend at work keep rising and the number of people who are truly fulfilled by their career options can be sadly very low. However, one of the great things about living in the times that we do is that there are more options than possibly ever before for you to take control of your working life. Here are going to take a look at some the ways you might go about improving your prospects and being happier with your work.

Education

We are going to start by taking a look at the role education plays in the world of work. Whether you are happy with the role you currently have, or if you would rather switch things up, there are always options out there for you to improve the qualifications you have and improve your career prospects at the same time. Before we look at some of the ways you can do that, let’s ask why you would pursue education?

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Why?

Well for starters, if you are someone who likes where you are working but you just don’t have the position you want, then by making the most of education opportunities you can demonstrate to your management your initiative and dedication to the industry. Sometimes just by starting a course you will find yourself in prime position for a promotion or alternate role.

And for those of you who would like to change things up completely, then you should be looking at what industry you want to get into and the qualifications you require to get your foot in the door.

By now you should know the positives that come with developing your education, but you might be asking how to go about it? The truth is that there are many options and the answer tends to lie with your personal ambitions. If you are prepared to give up work completely then you can go to university and attend as a full-time student, but that isn’t practical for everyone. That is why part-time courses and online degrees have become so popular and are incredibly useful to the average working person. A nurse, for example, can upgrade their RN to BSN online in just twelve months, giving them far broader career opportunities and the pay that goes with that.

However, education doesn’t just have to mean getting a degree or going back to school. There are opportunities online from the likes of Google and LinkedIn that allow you to get qualifications in things like Microsoft Office, communications and digital marketing that will give your CV a significant boost. In fact, anything that helps you build up your skills and experience is going to be looked upon favourably by most employers.

Gig Economy

Education works for those of you looking to progress or get into an industry. But for some people, the regular nine-to-five isn’t their idea of work, and that is where the gig economy comes into play. Made so much easier by the internet, this type of work allows the average Joe to do their work to fit a schedule that works for them and across many different sectors. We are going to take a look at some of the options available to you if you like the sound of working in a freelance capacity.

Online Marketplace

One of the booming industries thanks to the internet is the online marketplace, led by companies like Fiverr and Upmarket. What these websites and apps do is give you a place to showcase your talent and offer up your services to people seeking out the skills that you have. That can range from copywriting to artist and even include business communications. These places are good for you to try to build up a portfolio of work or just as a side hustle as well.

Driving

It is no secret that everyone is in a rush these days and a lot of the time that manifests itself in having little to no patience for public transport. Well, that is where you, the driver comes into play. Whereas once upon a time the role of taxi driver was a craft that was learned and perfected over many years, these days almost anyone can use their own car to be a private hire vehicle. Thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft you can navigate your way around cities and towns and make a living driving other people.

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