5 Top Tips for a Healthy Career
Looking to start afresh this new academic year? Need a clear list of do’s and don’ts to help ensure a healthy career? You’re in the right place! Continue reading for the best tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This is the best career advice you’ll ever get. 👇🏾
1. First things first – never stop learning.
It’s never too late to learn new skills and gain new experience (this is your friendly reminder to start that training course that you’ve been putting off for months!). Think of yourself as a lifelong learner. You need to show up early and plan your route. Does your dream career require you to take up any additional courses? Treat it as an opportunity rather than a requirement. The world is constantly changing and so is technology so we must be proactive to expand our skills.
2. It’s not about perfection.
The best career advice that we have ever received is that it’s never about perfection.
Because erfection is impossible to achieve and constantly striving for perfection will only take its toll on your well-being. Concentrate your efforts on making small improvements – and making those changes consistent! – that develop you personally and professionally, such as making sure your To-Do list is all ticked off before the working day ends or ask for help whenever you don’t know how to do something.
Learn to praise yourself and your achievements, and keep striving to do the best YOU can.
3. Make sure you’re having fun!
Whatever you do, have fun! It is important to enjoy your work as this will inevitably lead to confidence and an increase in your productivity.
Positive interactions and enjoying the company of your co-workers help to build trust within the team you’re working in, not only creating a positive work environment but also improving the quality of your work. If you’re struggling to fit into a new team, make sure to read our blog on how to integrate into a new team.
We know that it may sometimes be difficult to do this when you are the only black person on the team. The people in your group may seem distant to you, or you may not feel able to connect with them. The key is to be confident in yourself, to know your strengths, and to know that you do belong.
On being the only black woman on her team, lawyer and entrepreneur Natasha Nurse comments that ‘being the “only” one means you stand out all the time.’ She continues, ‘instead of focusing on being the “only” one, find the similarities that exist with your colleagues.’
What advice would you give to someone who is the only person of colour on their team?
4. Do you even Network?
Networking is a skill that allows us to build contacts, establish relationships and have conversations with people who can help us grow, not only professionally but also personally. This can seem intimidating if you are not confident talking to people and getting ‘out there.’
Think about who would make good connections for you, and reach out to them. If you don’t know who they are yet, think about where they might be — look at your LinkedIn and see who is connected to people you already know.
You can read more on how to kickstart your networking journey here.
Remember that a good and reliable network has the potential to bring customers, job opportunities, and so much more!
5. Look after your wellbeing.
Try to maintain a work-life balance. By a work-life balance, we mean that it is important to prioritise and have a clear definition of your personal and professional life.
It may be difficult to do this if you are working remotely, but there are many things that you can do to look after your wellbeing, even if you work from home. Make sure that you eat well and keep hydrated, take breaks when needed and try to introduce a routine in your life.
Honestly, prioritising our wellbeing was probably the best career advice we have ever received – it not only ensures overall physical and mental health but increases productivity and minimises the likelihood of burnout.
Evenfields Careers and Evenfields Comunity is a great place to start your career journey. Follow our social media pages for daily employability tips and advice, as well as our LinkedIn and Facebook groups (where you will be able to connect with hundreds of professionals from various fields in the UK). For more information and guidance, please check out our range of Black Careers Matter masterclasses, which cover networking, career planning, and lots more!
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