Keep Advancing Your Career

It is important to keep learning. At every step, think about how to expand your skills. You’ll impress employers. You’ll also feel more confident. Continuous learning will also help assure job security.

Expand your skills while in school.

Getting good grades is not enough to impress most employers. Get involved in activities to expand your skills. When you graduate, you'll be better prepared to look for jobs.

  • Look into school and professional groups.
  • Connect your assignments to your career.
  • Get experience. Participate in career activities. Your school’s career center may have ideas for you to get experience. Ask about where you can be an intern or volunteer.
  • Update your career plan with these things.

Expand your skills while you are working.

Learn about the gaps in your skills, knowledge, or credentials.

  • Talk with your supervisor about how to expand your skills.
  • Request projects that challenge you and improve your skills.
  • Join a professional or trade group. Learn more about networking opportunities in Find a Job.
  • Get a mentor, or seek advice from experienced workers in your field.
  • Stay current with the technology used in your field.
  • Take professional development trainings offered at your job.
  • Update your career plan with these things.

Stay current in your field.

All workers should look at their skills and improve them.

  • Explore the job market to learn about trends that affect your field. You can find information about this using the resources in Explore Careers.
  • Learn from others working in your field through networking. Learn about networking.
  • Use online professional networks such as LinkedIn to learn about trends and meet people in your field. Find out more about online networking.
  • Create an account on LinkedIn. You can learn about trends and meet people in your field.
  • Update your career plan with these things. 

You are now ready to move on to Step 5: Find a Job.

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