Follow These Tips To Improve Your Career Development

Canada is back in business. The country’s economy added 39,800 jobs last month, with the surge in hiring full-time employees. The job market has slowly and steadily recovered.

Moreover, companies are eager to make their existing workforce happy and keep them from being snatched away by competitors. Companies like the Royal Bank of Canada are offering a 3% increase in base salaries.

What It Means For You 

As companies expand and new people come in, reorganization is bound to occur. If you’ve been in the company longer and have learned the ropes, you are well placed for promotions and other opportunities.

Here are the things to do to show responsiveness and become an employee who shines.

Understand Management Perspective

Currently, there is a discussion about working from home or returning to the office.

While some employers like the Canada Life Assurance Company have shown willingness to support both its people and a range of working styles, other companies like Tesla are dedicated to preserving its work culture and creating innovations through synergy — that means everyone has to be in the office.

You are very much entitled to your own opinion. However, as a prospective manager, you need to understand where the company stands and how various possibilities protect the interest of the company.

Display Enthusiasm for Work

Many Canadian employees are back in the office — and not everyone is happy about it.

The hybrid workplace setup has also led to some confusion and conflicts. LifeWorks revealed that 20% of Canadians had experienced increased conflict and aggression when dealing with the public or clients.

Show yourself worthy of corporate growth by returning to the office when you’re asked to and coming in with your best.

Set Regular Goals

As you become more experienced in your chosen field, ask your managers and coworkers for feedback so you can understand your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Use performance review conversations to speak with your manager about your career development.

Get Feedback

Get in touch with your network.

Employees at many companies and organizations have access to various educational resources and learning opportunities to improve their skills. To advance your career within the company, your employer may offer management training programs.

Utilize the Company’s Resources

The best way to find a job is to network with people in your industry. Maintain long-term professional relationships, and stay up-to-date on industry trends. 

Take the Challenge

It takes time, motivation, and commitment to further your career. Master your area of expertise while developing timely skills that your organization needs. Go beyond your comfort zone and seek to learn from experts and new people. 

Keep Reading

Stay ahead of the game by knowing what your competitors are doing and what products are booming. Seek innovative ideas by keeping score of new technologies and learning from everyone. Listen to the news, read industry magazines, and attend events. Remember, learning can come in the most unlikely places too. 

Be Curious About Your Industry

Participate in workshops and training programs

Attend workshops, training programs, and community events relevant to your industry to learn, grow, and keep up-to-date with new resources and information.

Write Often

Expand your network as you grow in your industry by sharing your knowledge on different platforms such as LinkedIn Articles. It may connect you with the right people and find you strong new rookies to mentor. 

Get Organized

If you want to stay organized and achieve your career goals, create a regular schedule and track your progress over time. This will help you stay focused on your long-term goals.

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5 Great Mentors You Can Find While Working Remotely

Working in the office is easy. It’s a walk in the park — Jurassic Park. Seriously though, one of the more difficult challenges of working is keeping up with everyone. Even when you are new in the office, no one will wait for you to shape up. You have to learn the ropes and provide value to the team. Having great mentors makes a lot of difference. 

Traditionally, your boss is in charge of keeping you up to speed through coaching and counseling. Coaching is imparting technical knowledge and experience, while counseling is correcting errors, especially behavioral ones. 

Working from home has lots of benefits. It’s comfortable. It fosters a healthy, family-oriented lifestyle and makes work-life balance possible. However, one of the downsides of working from home is that it dilutes company culture and decreases mentorship opportunities. 

However, nothing is impossible for a gladiator in suit. If you want to maximize your potential and amplify your growth, seek mentorship. People are willing to help you. 

Here are five great mentors to learn from while working from home

Your Boss

Keeping your boss happy is one of your jobs as an employee. This is the hard truth. You need to be on your boss’ good side to gain positive evaluation and be recommended opportunities.

Telecommuting has made it more challenging for your boss to reach out to you and provide mentorship. However, you can re-establish this relationship by initiating communication. 

Whenever your share a report, always assure your boss that feedback is welcome and you look forward to it. Revising may increase your workload, but it will increase your value as an employee in the long run. 

List down things that you are in doubt about, and run them over when you get a chance to consult with your boss. If your boss is busy, summarize everything and present them as briefly as possible. Think of ideas and possible solutions to the problem and present them to your boss.

Your Top Salesman/ Industry’s Best Performer

In many cases, the formula for success has been tested and proven. Learn fast by learning from the best. Seek out your best salesman, your top engineer, your best chef, etc. Ask them for tips and apply them to your life immediately. 


Use the time you saved from no longer traveling to immerse yourself in books. Alternate between books about self-development and books about your industry. Fiction helps for character building. 

Your Friends

One of the benefits of working from home is seeing your friends and family more often. This has made life more enjoyable for many of us. However, never underestimate the power of peer influences. It is human nature to mimic what you see around you. Seek out good company as much as possible. 

Moreover, be mindful of who you follow on social media. Follow artists, scientists, authors, coaches, millionaires, etc. You’ll be surprised how much value you can get from your feed in the morning.

Online Coaches and Learning Platforms

The internet is a great equalizer. Nowadays, knowledge is easily accessible online and you are a course away from developing a high-value skill that can advance you in your career. 

Here are some high-value skills. Take note, you don’t need to be an IT graduate to learn any of them.

  • Excel
  • Data Science
  • Foreign Languages
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • UX Design
  • Web Design
  • Digital Asa

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