May 2, 2013

May Day, May Flowers … May conjures up images of springtime growth.

Flowers

Why not use this month as a springboard to energize you career in one simple way.
Can you pick one new thing to do this month to spice things up in the career realm of your life?
Here are 10 simple suggestions:
1) Take a class  —  Is there a University Extension course offered in a subject you have been meaning to explore? Or perhaps it is time to brush up on your computer skills? Check out the bounty of technology classes on Lynda.com.
2)  Attend a Webinar — Find an expert in your field who offers a webinar or look on  Careerealism‘s website which is chock full of options on various career management topics.
3) Got to a Conference — Perhaps it is time to tap into your professional development stipend and plan to attend that industry conference you have been meaning to check out. For example, this month in SF the following conferences will be held: CloudCon Expo, Mobile Gaming USA West 2013, 2013 Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine, International Conference on Software Engineering.
4) Listen to a Lecture — Ted Talks are a good place to start for inspiration.
5) Read a book on a subject that is foreign to you — Why not choose one of those business bestsellers everyone always talks about and that you’ve heard about a thousand times but haven’t found the time to read. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence Others comes to mind.
6) Attend a gathering posted on Meetup.com. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about topics that you are curious about, but do not know much yet. This is also a great way to meet new people and expand your professional network.
7) Invite a Mentor to Lunch — everyone has to eat sometime and why not make it a memorable meal? Ask a few provocative questions. Probe a bit between bites to find out his/her real story. Gain insight on how to succeed in your field.
8) Check out a book on tape from your local library and listen to it during your commute or while you run errands. (For female readers of this post, I suggest, Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do, by Marcus Buckingham. He is British and has a lovely accent. It is a pleasure to listen to him present the book.)
9) Ask to work on a special project — go outside your comfort zone and seek to work with someone you haven’t had the opportunity to before, or take on a task that is outside your area of expertise. This will teach you something new and give you new perspective on your company and coworkers.
10) Volunteer at a special event for a cause you care about — Helping out at a fundraiser feels good, does good, and gets you out to meet folks you might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. Try  HandsOn___(your city) for charity ideas. For example: HandsOnBayArea.org. It’s a win win.
  The options are endless…see what happens when you try one new thing…

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