As she’s gearing up for her big speech on Christmas Day, we are taking inspiration from the Queen. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history, beating the previous record held by Queen Victoria. That’s some serious staying power!
While our generation is more known for job-hopping and experimentation, rather than building one long and stable career, there are some benefits to sticking it out.
With all the opportunities we have, it’s no longer realistic to stay at the same company for the rest of our working lives like our parents or grandparents might have. However, staying put for a little while shows your commitment and reflects better on your job performance than jumping ship to a new company every two years.
Here are our top tips for creating some career longevity and making it to the top.
1. Make a plan
If you already have a specific career goal in mind, you might want to actually sit down and write out a plan, however vague, for the things you want to achieve in your career. Even just thinking about where you want to be in X amount of time will help you plan ahead and figure out what you need to do to get there. Just remember to stay flexible and keep an open mind for any unexpected changes!
2. Get a mentor
Having someone successful and experienced guide you in your early career is one of the best things you can do to make sure you’re on the right track. Not only will you learn the ropes and get amazing advice, having a mentor will also help you build a strong professional network that can help you later on.
3. Never stop learning
Sure, your days of essay writing and exams may be over, but staying curious and seeking out training opportunities will keep you at the top of your game as your industry changes and evolves. Brush up on technical skills you haven’t used in a while, or learn totally new ones to stay relevant and on trend.
4. Develop leadership skills
If you’re planning on staying in your career for the long haul, it’s important to know how to lead and manage others – and this is something even the introverts among you can do. So whether that’s representing your company at an event or in the media, taking charge of a team of employees or interns, or becoming the CEO of the whole company, showing your willingness to lead will make you indispensable.