It is normal to want to feel appreciated and rewarded for your work. Whether it is something as simple as a compliment or being awarded a raise that you were not expecting, knowing that others notice what you do and feel that you do a good job is a tremendous boost to your ego.
Being in a position that recognizes and rewards can prevent burnout and increase your job satisfaction. If you are not getting the notice you feel like you deserve, you may wonder if it is you, or the culture at your workplace. It may be one or the other, or a combination of both. If you’re in an environment where good work is not recognized, it is easy to become complacent. Sharpening your skills to boost your profile on the job has more than one benefit. By doing so, you may be surprised at the recognition of your abilities. However, if you do work to ensure you are putting forth your best work and there is no recognition, you may consider taken your newly elevated skills elsewhere.
Get That Degree You Have Been Putting Off
If you do not have your undergraduate degree, there is no time like the present. Employers always like to see that degree, even if it is not strictly necessary. There are so many options available in education that you can earn your degree without giving up your current job. Many traditional, accredited bricks and mortar schools offer many classes and even complete degree programs online. This allows you to earn your degree while still holding a full-time job.
Whether you are interested in attending school full-time or taking a class or two at a time, you are probably concerned about paying for school. Don’t let tuition costs scare you away, money spent on education will be returned with stronger earning power once you graduate. Taking out loans to pay for school has never been simpler. Private student loans allow you to borrow what you need. If your credit is not strong enough to qualify on your own, they allow cosigners to help you qualify for what you need to borrow.
Volunteer for Duties that Stretch Your Skills
When something needs to be done at your job, are you the first person people come to? If so, that is great that you have a reputation for being the go-to person. However, do the jobs that come your way stretch your skills? If you find yourself taking on the repetitive, mindless work that no one else is interested in, you may need to assert yourself a little more. No one wants to hand over duties to someone who isn’t qualified, but if you feel that you have the capacity to take something on, and you will not hesitate to seek out help if you need it, volunteer for jobs that require more skill and responsibility.
Pay Attention to What is Happening in Your Industry
Reading up on your industry may be the last thing you want to do outside of work, but staying up to date on the latest trends is beneficial to your career. Once you find a few relevant news sources, you can spend a few minutes catching up over lunch and know what is going on in your industry.