The thing about average is… well, it’s average.
And while Joe probably doesn’t fall victim to the recently minted millennial affliction known as FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), those who strive more towards the awesome spectrum still sometimes need a dose of inspiration.
Intimidation can often increase motivation, so if you’re intimidated by the prospect of living life average, here are 5 ways for the awesome-strivers to get more out of their job.
If you’re looking for a platform to prove that you’re management material, practice your leadership and people skills by mentoring a less experienced colleague or intern. Managing the betterment of someone else shows that you’re not only committed to the success of another person—but also yourself. It’s the type of professional and personal improvement that gets noticed by management.
- Take a course
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” and he was a pretty smart dude—and also, we agree. Taking an online course or in-class lessons will help fill the gaps in your industry knowledge and help you hone in on weak spots in your skill-set. Many reputable colleges and universities support free online programs, so you know your time is well spent. Also, a proactive approach to professional development is an admirable trait in itself.
- Become an online influencer
It’s pretty imperative for businesses and organizations to have a social media presence, and it’s also important for them to market themselves as not only a great place to work, but as experts in their field—kind of the same way Job Seekers need to market themselves as hirable and knowledgeable.
The emergence of social media as an extensive platform for networking and sharing company information, so why not help with yours– creating blog content and social updates? Understanding the online landscape, especially as we move more and more towards digitalization, is extremely valuable to your career when you’re equipped to keep up. Your abilities can also earn you positive feedback from the marketing team as you lighten their load with your tech-savvy creativity.
- Get charitable
When it comes to helping the less fortunate, donating your time or money is an overture that keeps on giving for everyone involved, and it can also give you a new perspective on your priorities. Some large organizations may already be supporting a cause, so ask HR how you can get involved. If there isn’t one, don’t be shy in presenting your case as to why there should be. The softer skills you learn from being selfless will go a long way to rounding out your profile in the eyes of employers, and it can also provide you with the push you may need to make your own goals a reality.
- Get involved
Building your internal network and making yourself known across your company offers an opportunity to increase your knowledge-level and visibility. At a minimum, join an internal committee or lend a hand in upcoming events. Show your desire to grow by making introductions and seeking opportunities to learn from the people around you who are more experienced. If you really want to go to the next level, inquire about your company’s internal or international mobility options. Completing a secondment in a different area, offering to visit other locations or volunteering for an internal transfer will not only show your commitment, but also gain you the opportunity to learn new skills and get a holistic view of your company’s operations.
You don’t need to keep up with the proverbial Joneses to keep your goals on track, but if you keep up with these tips, you’re on the road to personal and professional enlightenment.