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If you’ve been at a job for a while, you probably have become comfortable and may have even started to coast a bit. But that’s not a great thing for your employer or your career. There are plenty of things you can do yourself to help reinvigorate your work and engage in your career, even if you think you have nothing left to learn. The truth is that there is always something new to learn, and you can take the initiative needed to drive your career forward. Here are just a few things you can do to get rechallenged and make work interesting!  

Take on Projects of Expanded Responsibility  

One of the most important signs that your career is moving forward is a noted increase in responsibility. If you have mastered the tasks originally assigned to you and are able to take on more difficult or complex assignments, it is clear that your co-workers and managers trust and respect your abilities on the job. But they won’t give them to you if they don’t think you are ready for them. Speak up if needed. Taking on increasing responsibility can be a great way to learn on the job and expand your horizons.  

Expand Your Professional Network  

Networking is as necessary while you are employed as it is when you are looking for your next opportunity. Setting a goal of keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date or attending a certain number of professional networking events can make sure you are taking action to grow your network. While it doesn’t always need to be at the forefront of your attention, making connections with other professionals will still serve you well in your career.  

Do Something to Further Your Education  

The job market is an ever-moving target. Even within a specific industry, technology and process improvements are continually reshaping the landscape for workers. An essential goal for everyone should be to do something to further your professional education or training every year. This will ensure that you are keeping pace with your competitors and staying up to date on the latest trends and tools of the trade.   

While you might think that training goals are best targeted for new employees, even seasoned veterans in your field benefit from regular updates. While it might not always be reasonable to plan to go back to school to further your education, attending a conference or series of webinars can also add to your resume. Consider what works best for your particular situation and make an effort to learn something new every year.  

Take the Initiative to Do Something to Grow Your Career  

Managers recognize growth and advancement potential in employees, particularly when those goals are communicated clearly and openly with leadership. Work with your manager to design career-advancing goals that will increase responsibility and challenge your skills and abilities on the job. Staying in one position for the extent of your career is possible, but all employees benefit from the increasing challenge and financial stability of a growing career.  

Take the Next Step in Your Career

The fact is that leaders aren’t always in a position of leadership. Don’t let your current role define your career. But when you’re ready to take the next step in your career, connect with the team at Williams to help find the next rung on the ladder.   

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