Why Being Comfortable in Your Job is Killing Your Career

Having a good job is great, having a job where you feel comfortable and safe is even better. But there is also such a thing as being too comfortable in your job. Why? Well it can be difficult to grow professionally and progress in your career when you are too comfortable in your job.

To excel in your career, you should be willing to explore outside your comfort zone, take risks and do things you typically wouldn’t do. That doesn’t really align with being comfortable in your job though, as that would imply not stretching yourself and not continually learning and growing.

So you’re probably wondering, “how do I know if I’ve become too comfortable in my job?” We’re here to help you figure that out. In this blog, we will be discussing some tell-tale signs that will help you determine if you’ve become too relaxed in your job.

Before we get going, let’s caveat this right at the start to say that the last 12 months have been a nightmare for everyone. People have been furloughed, they’re working part-time, many have lost their jobs, so we’re definitely aware that this is not a typical period of time. However, everything you’re about to read still holds true and perhaps it’s more important now than ever as things start to open up again. Right, let’s get to it!

You’re not learning anymore 

If you are not learning you are not growing. Whilst this may be a bit of a cliché, it’s also true. If you are not learning anything new in your current position, if you are not acquiring new skills, if you find yourself doing the same repetitive and mundane tasks, then as long as you remain in that job there’s a risk that your career will grind to a standstill.

A job should offer more than a monthly payday. It should offer learning and growth opportunities; as well as networking opportunities to connect with other professionals both within and outside your industry. If your job doesn’t offer any of these, then you might want to start looking for other job opportunities.

The job market is cut-throat – now more than ever – and people are constantly upgrading their skills in order to remain relevant and have the necessary skills and qualifications needed in their industry. If you are not upgrading your skills and qualifications then you are likely being left behind – which spells career catastrophe!

Your ambition is on the wane

Are you becoming less enthusiastic about your job? Do you watch the clock on your desk until it’s time to log off? Do you find yourself dreading work days because of how boring your job has become to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have some unfortunate news for you – your ambition might be on the wane.

Now, it’s important to understand that this doesn’t always mean you have become less passionate about your career. Whilst that might be true, it could also mean that your current job no longer inspires or motivates you. It can be difficult to excel in your career when you are not even excited about your job. Your ambition is what keeps you going and pushes you to strive for better as a professional.

As such, your career either plateaus or worse… begins a downward spiral where you are lacking in ambition, inspiration and motivation. No one starts out with the expectation of settling for a mediocre career, but if you become too comfortable in your job with a waning ambition, then having a mediocre career is almost inevitable.

Others are coming up to overtake you

Look at recently employed colleagues. Look at people who were hired after you. Look at who is getting promoted, taking on new responsibilities or being assigned more challenging tasks. If this progression is happening to others while you remain bogged down in your position, still handling the same responsibilities you have always handled, then it is obvious you have been overtaken in the workplace.

Seeing this play out can be terrible as no one would want to see their colleagues getting favoured over them. But then again, when you aren’t learning anything new or at least making an effort to learn new things, then your employers might not see the need to promote you or give you more responsibilities. The point here is that you will be sidelined by your company if your employers do not see the value of your contributions to the growth of the organisation.

When you become too comfortable in your job, you are likely to become complacent and where there is complacency, a drop in performance or productivity is never far behind. Now, it’s not unreasonable for employers to reward their more productive employees over the less productive ones, right? Right! That’s what being too comfortable in your job does to you, it allows you to sit by while others outperform you and consequently overtake you.

Recognise the issues and take action

If you find that any of these scenarios are applicable to your current position, then it goes without saying that you are way too comfortable in your job and it’s killing your career. However, the good news is that regardless of how long you might have been stuck being too comfortable in your job, it’s never too late to steer your career back on track. So how can you do that?

Well first things first, you must acknowledge that being comfortable in your job is detrimental to having a successful career. Unless you recognise and acknowledge the fact that you have a problem in your job, it’s going to be difficult to overcome that hurdle.

The next thing you need to do is determine the particular cause of your problem. Why aren’t you learning new skills or acquiring new qualifications? Why does your job bore you? Why have you become less invested in your current career? Why are your colleagues advancing their careers while you are still stuck in the same position? Ask yourself these questions and while you may not like the answers, it will help you discover where things are amiss and allow you to figure out the best course of action to take to tackle the issue.

Finally, take action. Unless you are deliberate about leaving your comfort zone job-wise, your efforts to advance your career may never yield significant results. Take concrete steps to propel your career. Do not wait to be assigned new responsibilities, seek them out or directly ask for new responsibilities. The more challenging the tasks, the better.

Find out the new skills, certifications and qualifications in your industry, take training courses and acquire new professional certifications to upgrade your skills to ensure you have the skillset needed to be relevant in your industry. Also, do not be afraid to apply for a new job, internally or externally if your current job no longer brings you fulfillment. There is no gain in staying in a job that doesn’t excite you.


Facing Redundancy? Do These 5 Things Today!

This article is all about facing redundancy. If you’re in that position at the moment then first of all you have our sympathies because we know exactly what it feels like. You feel like you’ve been rejected and that you’re not wanted anymore. It’s a horrible situation but the most important thing  is to remain positive. It’s very easy to let negativity creep in and to stand still. We’re not going to let that happen because we’re going to help you to get through this. The quicker you take action, the quicker you will have another job and this can all be a distant memory.

Before we get going, there are loads of free resources on CareerPropeller.com to help you to get another job. As well as articles like this, there is a complete course with 32 modules which takes you from preparation through to attending and following up all types of interview. We’ve put this together based on years of recruitment experience and thousands of interview briefings. Head over to our registration page now to take advantage of this treasure trove of interview and career advice. Right let’s get into this!

Update your CV

The first thing you need to do if you’ve been made redundant is to update your CV. This is a vital step anyway, but it will also kick you into action and make you feel better about things immediately. Make no mistake, taking action leads to taking further action. The very worst thing you can do is to let inaction take hold of you. We’re not saying that you have to work all the hours without taking a break, your mental health is also very important, but not taking action is a mistake because it becomes a habit after a few days and the first few days are critical to your job search. Your mindset should be that this is a temporary setback and you are merely looking for your next opportunity. This is not a permanent situation for you and it will pass, we pinky promise you on thatx, and we all know that pinky promises are unbreakable agreements…

Normally you should have your CV updated regularly because you never know what might happen and it’s always good to have your latest role on there and what you’ve been up to. If you haven’t, don’t worry because today is the day! Remember, we want you to take a really positive attitude to this as well. Don’t think, ‘oh I’m losing my job, I’m getting made redundant and I need to update my CV,’ it’s more like, ‘right I’ve done some amazing things in my career, I’ve got some brilliant achievements and I’m going to start talking about them because my next job is out there now.’ One place to do that is on your CV. Incidentally we will have a short course available on CV writing soon, so look out for that. In the meantime, there are loads of other free resources online where you can find out how to write a CV.

The best CVs I saw when I was in recruitment were from the most senior people, board level executives of big corporate firms, and their CVs were two pages long. Anything other than two pages looks like you’re trying to justify why you should be doing the job you’re applying for, and that you really don’t have the right experience. With two pages maximum you can get everything necessary on there. But what if you’ve been in the market a long time and you have a lot of roles to put down? Earlier roles can be put just as one line and you don’t need to put much detail as they’re probably not directly relevant to your current role. Your ski season in Val D’Isere 15 years ago might have been great, but it won’t do much to get you a job now. Don’t sacrifice space on your CV for these early roles, unless they are directly relevant.

Concentrate on the most relevant and most recent experience and focus on communicating your achievements in those roles. So instead of just describing the role, you have to put some key achievements in there such as, ‘I increased sales in my region by 20% in the first 12 months,’ or, ‘I won the company 15 new accounts in two years.’ If you can also reference what your targets were and your performance against those targets then that’s better still. If you work in purchasing you may say something like, ‘As purchasing manager I saved the company 5 million pounds a year, double my target of 2.5 million pounds. Achievements on your CV are critical when you know it’s going to land in front of a recruiter either internal or external. The average time that a recruiter will look at a CV for is about 20 to 30 seconds and if they don’t see something that catches their eye then they’ll move onto the next CV. The other thing you’re dealing with now is applicant tracking systems that parse your CV into the employer’s system and make matches based on keywords. The end result of this is that you have very little time to grab the attention of a recruiter, even if your CV gets in front of them.

A lot of the advice we give on CareerPropeller.com is aimed at helping you to get in front of a recruiter and then to impress them and to get the job. So the advice we give is tried and tested and we’re coming from the point of view of seasoned recruiters, hiring managers and perhaps most importantly experienced candidates.

The other thing you need to have at the top of your CV is what we call a ‘living paragraph’. This is one paragraph that changes depending on which job you’re going for. Another thing we insist upon is that you must tailor your CV for each opportunity to give yourself the best chance of success. You can write a CV in lots of different ways as there are lots of different facets to what you do in your job. As a purchasing manager, for example, one day you’re doing a supplier review and the next you’re looking at an overall strategy for purchasing, the next you might be hiring new members into your team. The reality is that you do lots of different things and so you need to look at the job spec and tailor your CV to show that you have done the things the employer is looking for. One employer might place more importance on experience building teams rather than formulating strategy, so clearly, you’d play more on your hiring than strategy experience and put more examples in. If it’s the other way round, you’d concentrate more on your strategy achievements. So get your CV updated today and you’re already a long way along the road to a new job.

Update your LinkedIn profile

Number two on our list is to update your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn profiles are like an online CV and are a vital tool in your search for a new role. There are hundreds of millions of users on there and recruitment companies and internal recruiters pay hundreds of pounds a year to use the service to find candidates for themselves and their clients. Updating your LinkedIn profile is another thing you must do as soon as possible. You can specify on there that you’re looking for work, as recruiters will do searches on that basis, and they’ll look for people who have either put keywords in their profile to that effect, or they’ve added a specific field that says they are ‘open to being contacted about jobs.’

The most obvious way is to change your biography at the top where it might say at the moment, ‘I am a learning and development manager’, to then say, ‘I’m looking for a new role in learning and development.’ The main point here is that you need to be visible to recruiters and to appear in their searches. Your profile should include achievements in your jobs as you would put on your CV. These things attract recruiters and encourage them to click that message button.

If you haven’t updated your profile picture in a while then have a look to make sure that it looks professional. Please don’t have pictures of you skiing, working out at the gym or posing with your chinchilla. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you must put forward a professional image at all times.

Once you have updated your profile, don’t forget to click save and also to look at it from the point of view of a recruiter. Ask yourself the questions, ‘Would I contact this person? What would attract me and what would put me off?’ These are all excellent questions because they’ll help you to get your profile into the best possible shape. As well as being found on LinkedIn, any potential employer you apply to will check you out on social media before offering an interview and the most obvious place they’ll look is LinkedIn. Sort out your LinkedIn profile today.

Sign up with job boards

Number three on our list is to sign up with job boards and upload your latest CV. There are major job boards that we all know, but there may also be more niche job boards for your industry, and these might give you a better hit rate because they are specialised. If you’re already on some job boards it’s important to go and review your profile as it might be that you signed up six years ago and you haven’t looked at it since. Recruiters won’t find you if your profile is out of date so you need to go on there, upload your latest CV and update your profile. You can also tell recruiters what you’re looking for by changing your preferences which again is all about visibility; if you’re not showing up in searches then you won’t be contacted. Remember that we have a job board right here on CareerPropeller.com so please check that out when you’ve finished this article.

One thing you might not realise is that recruiters can access and search the databases of job boards. The job boards charge recruitment companies and internal recruiters to search for candidates so that’s another reason why your CV and profile both need to be up to date. Recruiters will filter searches so they are only looking at the most active and up to date candidates also, so if your profile has not been looked at for a year you may not appear in their search results at all. Your number three priority then is to sign up to job boards and to make sure your profile is accurate and up to date.

Create a list of target companies

Creating a list of target companies that you’d like to work for is a great way to take decisive action in your job search. Let’s just say for example you’re an engineer and you’re in a position at the moment where redundancy is looming on the horizon. Having a list of target companies will help you to put your energy into the right places and will stop you waiting for opportunities to come to you. You’re unlikely to be the only person in this position so there are likely to be others applying for the same jobs. If you have a list of companies then, first of all, you can keep an eye on the careers sites of those companies and sign up for alerts. You also have the opportunity to network with some key people and be first in the queue when opportunities do come up.

To compile your list, look at other companies in your industry that you could most easily move to. These would be companies where your skills will be a good match and you can do the same or a similar job to the one you are doing now. After you’ve listed the companies down, look for the recruitment manager, head of recruitment and the recruitment director so that you can start to create a list of who you’re going to network with. The reason for this is so you’re minimising the times you’re sending out faceless CVs to companies. As we’ve already mentioned, you’re far better off being a known candidate rather than just another unknown candidate. It’s your quickest route to a new job.

Hiring managers and recruiters are looking for reasons to filter people out and to filter people in, so if your CV doesn’t give them enough reasons, then unfortunately, it will just go in the no pile. However, if you’re a known candidate then you’re more likely to be given more of a review. If you’re known and liked then the recruiters will look for reasons to put you in their shortlist.

As well as looking at your own industry, make a list of companies that you would like to work for outside your industry. In these uncertain times, it might be that you need to think a bit more laterally and look at a different industry where you can take your skills. It’s not the easiest route but if your particular sector of the market is very depressed at the moment then this might be another option.

For example the airline sector is on its knees at moment which is awful, but people in that industry have excellent customer service skills, organisational skills and other very attractive experience. It doesn’t mean they can’t come back into that industry because we will come through this and things will pick up again, but just at the moment it might be that people have to look elsewhere.

Start-ups are also a good place to look, particularly in growing sectors. Start-ups need good, experienced people that can roll their sleeves up and get things done, so if you can show that on your CV then a start-up could be an excellent option. Think about yourself as a product trying to find a buyer. It’s the buyers with the money that will pay for your services, so look for companies that have secured funding recently or are known to be on a recruitment drive, find the contacts and start networking. Which brings us on to our next point.

Network with recruiters

Our last action point in this article is, surprise surprise, to start calling recruiters, both internal and external, and to make yourself known to them. Once you’ve got your list of companies you need to start making contact with the relevant people so you’re no longer a faceless CV, you’re a real person who is known to them. Start emailing them, phoning them and connecting with them on LinkedIn. You must make sure that they know who you are and what you’re looking for. This is especially critical with agency recruiters who will see potentially hundreds of CVs every day.

Make contact, introduce yourself and explain that you’re looking for a role. No decent recruiter is going to turn down a conversation with you and it’s the best way to make sure they’ll come to you with relevant opportunities. The reason that recruiters want to talk to good candidates is that internal recruiters are targeted on the number of people they get into jobs and external recruiters are targeted on that but also paid on it. It’s exciting for a recruiter when a good candidate lands on their desk and they think they can place that person. That’s their job and that’s what they get paid for. When you have a good candidate you’re actively looking for opportunities to place them. You can even open doors to a new client with a good candidate.


Let’s recap on this article. First of all, it’s important not to take things personally where redundancy is concerned. Recognise that this is a horrible situation that you’re in but it’s a business decision that your company has taken. Ultimately the company has to survive by reducing headcount due to the virus and the market conditions. They’re simply not making as much money as they were and can’t have the same amount of people on the payroll. We know this sounds brutal and cold, but it’s the reality. Once you realise that, you can stop thinking about it in a personal way, come to terms with it and take action to find something else. That’s the most important thing. What’s done is done and you can’t change that. What you can control is what you do now.

We’re going to get you through this situation so let’s recap on what we’ve covered. Number one, update your CV today. This should have a living paragraph at the top, examples of work you’ve done and what you’ve achieved, and be no more than two pages. CVs that go on for pages and pages won’t be read and you’ll destroy your credibility by producing and sending out such a document. Two pages!

Number two, update your LinkedIn profile. It’s similar to a CV but it’s more like an online or living CV, and it will help you be found by recruiters on LinkedIn. If you’ve updated your profile, and you’re making it clear that you’re available for work then you will be found and offered opportunities.

Number three, sign up with job boards and update your profile on job boards where you already have an account. Upload your latest CV so when recruiters search the job board databases for candidates they’ll find you as an active candidate. If you’re not on the job boards get signed up today. You have got to put yourself out there as much as possible. Remember that you only need one recruiter to find you in order to get a job.

Number four is to create a list of target companies and the key contacts within those companies. These can be either companies in your industry or if your industry is particularly hit by what’s going on at the moment you may need to look to another industry where you can transfer your skills. Some sectors have been very busy over the past few months, such as big retail, so there are opportunities out there.

Number five is to start calling recruiters both internal and external. Find companies that are hiring and go to their internal recruiters to introduce yourself and make sure that you are known to them. If you have the right skills and experience they’ll be pleased to hear from you as it saves them having to go out and find you. This is the same for external or agency recruiters.

So there you have our five points for facing redundancy and taking action to find another job. As we’ve mentioned this is a horrible situation but things will improve and get better. Take action, stay positive and you’ll find that very soon you’re feeling better about things and the opportunities will start to come in. Don’t lose this opportunity to get ahead of the game as once it’s gone, it’s going to be an uphill struggle to recover.

We’re here to help you, so please drop a comment below and remember to sign up for our free content. If you follow our advice you’ll not only find opportunities but you’ll have everything you need to be brilliant in the interviews you will be attending. Good luck, stay strong and never give up!

5 Things You Can Do To Supercharge Your Career Prospects

In this article we’ll look at five quick things you can do to supercharge your career prospects. Doing these five things will make a big difference to both your future career and the job you’re in now. This advice is for people who are looking to get into the workplace, those looking to make a career transition and more generally those who are looking to stand out from the crowd for the right reasons. Let’s get cracking!


The first in our list is networking. We know that strikes fear into the hearts of some people, but networking is very different now to how it used to be. It used to mean going to conferences, meeting up with people, introducing yourself, making small talk and all those things that sometimes you don’t want to do. Networking nowadays is very different, in no small part due to the pandemic. We have social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook amongst other platforms. For business networking, we would suggest two platforms to concentrate on. The first is LinkedIn, without question, and the other one is Twitter.

Let’s start with LinkedIn which is a business social networking platform. You should definitely have a profile on there, and we’ll be writing an article soon on how to write a killer LinkedIn profile to attract the employers that you want to work for. LinkedIn is something you must be on and you’ve got to have a professional profile on there that will attract the right people to you. LinkedIn allows you to build a big network of people you want to work with or work for. You can have up to 30,000 1st line connections on LinkedIn so the possibilities are vast.

Just 15 minutes of focused effort on LinkedIn every day will make a massive difference to your career prospects and to you personally. We’ve all got 15 minutes that we can put aside to do this, so there are no excuses! What you need to do is search in your industry or in an industry you want to work in and find the relevant people you want to connect with. For example, you might want to connect with managing directors, HR directors, or IT directors, depending on what sort of industry you want to work in. The first stage is to find these people and send a connection request. There’s some debate as to whether you need to put a message on the connection request or not. Some people swear by it and some people just send a connection request without a message. On balance it’s probably better to send a message and to make it personal wherever possible.

It’s up to you to come up with a message that you want to use but something along the lines of, ‘I’d like to move into the [fintech] industry and would really value connecting with you, so that I can gain insight into the market,’ would be sufficient. Alternatively, you could try something like, ‘I’m looking to move into the [data analytics] industry, and I’d be really keen to learn any tips from you.’ That sort of message is non-confrontational and you’re asking for their help. People like to help other people. Decent businesspeople know that networks are everything and they will connect if you send a respectful message. You have 200 characters for a connection request, so can write a slightly longer message as required if you like.

If you’re not comfortable with sending a longer message, you could just send a message saying, ‘It would be great to connect,’ but be aware that this is possibly your only chance to connect so a better message will get a better response. You should aim to send 10 – 15 connection requests a day. You don’t want to send too many as LinkedIn will throttle your account if they think you’re spamming people or abusing the platform. You can learn more about LinkedIn’s connection rules here.

Once you’ve made the connection you need to then interact with those people so keep a list of people you’re connecting with. For example, if a post comes up from one of these connections where they’ve shared a bit of insight into their industry, drop a like on the post and a comment. They may remember they’ve connected with you but they may not, so you want to keep your profile fresh in their mind. Don’t go mad with the likes but pick posts that appeal to you and always think about any comment you make, because the original poster, their connections and your connections may see it. When you like and / or comment on a post, people will look at your profile and this is why it matters how you’ve written your profile. We’re going to look at that in another article.

Through connecting and then interacting you can put yourself out there, raise awareness of your profile and let people know that you want to move into a certain industry or that you’re available for work. Your profile also allows you to talk about your achievements and the things you’ve done in your life which will attract the right people to you. Regular activity on LinkedIn will make an enormous difference to your career prospects. If you’re also posting thoughtful pieces about the industry on your profile, then that’s all the better. Producing good content is a powerful way to attract and interact with people.

Twitter is another platform we recommend spending some time on. It’s a much-underused platform in our opinion, yet it provides a valid way to make connections, to interact and eventually to meet businesspeople in real life.

Sometimes you can access people on Twitter that you might struggle with on LinkedIn. Very senior people can dip in and out of LinkedIn and sometimes they won’t respond to messages because they get so many, they get overwhelmed. Here’s a trade secret for you. What we’ve found on Twitter is that some very senior people have Twitter accounts that have hardly any followers. They’re going onto Twitter and posting but they’re not getting much interaction in terms of likes or comments. Here’s where the opportunity lies and the opportunity is big.

If you’ve identified someone on LinkedIn and you’re struggling to connect or to gain any traction with them, search for them on Twitter, see if they’ve got a Twitter account, and follow them there. Once you’ve done that, again, it’s about interaction and building a relationship. Like some of their posts, drop a comment now and again but as with LinkedIn, don’t be spammy and like every single post and certainly don’t immediately say that you’d like to get a job with them or meet for a coffee.

Building relationships take time so drop some insightful comments on their posts, and they will start answering you back. After a while they will probably follow you back which means that you can then send them a direct message. Use this power wisely though. It’s very uncool when someone follows you to immediately direct message them with a pitch. After a while of following each other and liking each other’s content, you could say, ‘we’ve been following each other for a while and I’m really thankful for the insights I’ve gained. Would you have 10 minutes for a phone call as I’m looking to move into your industry?’ They are very likely to say yes because you’ve done the groundwork and built up some trust and goodwill. So network, network, network because time spent doing this is never wasted time.

Read as much as you can about the industry and the key people

Number two on our list is to read. Read books, listen to podcasts, read articles and blogs online every day. Set aside half an hour which is ample time to read a blog or article from somebody you’re interested in. This can lead on to some clever networking because if someone you want to connect with has written an interesting article or they’ve recorded a podcast you can drop them a note to say, ‘Hi [David], I really enjoyed your recent article and wanted to say thanks for the insights. I’d be delighted to connect with you.’

Obviously, you need to have read the article in order to comment, just in case they ask what it was you liked. People appreciate comments and the fact that you’ve taken the time to read the article and say thanks will almost certainly lead to a reply from them to say thanks for the comment, and then they may check out your profile and learn a bit about you. Doing these small things will put you head and shoulders above other candidates. Normally when a CV lands on someone’s desk, the reality is that you’re just another name. You might have an impressive background which definitely helps, but if your CV lands on someone’s desk and they recognise you from LinkedIn then naturally you stand a better chance of being called for interview. It really helps to read widely because you’re going to learn about the people you’re trying to connect with and you’ll learn more about the industry you want to work in at the same time. It’s important to spend half an hour every day so set aside the time and get reading.

Model the behaviours of successful people

Third on our list is to model behaviours. If you’re in an industry or a company and you see someone who’s very successful, there’s a reason for that. It could just be that they’re very disciplined, but there’ll be some things they are doing day in and day out that are making them more successful than others. If you know the person well enough, invite them for a coffee and spend 10 minutes asking them what makes them successful. Find out how they’re hitting target every month, or how they’re winning so much business for the company. Find out what these key behaviours are and then model them, because if they’re successful in that environment and you do similar things in your own way, you will be successful too.

Ask for projects and more responsibility

Number four is to ask for projects and opportunities that will allow you to demonstrate your skills and help you to grow. Your manager might be thinking that you lack enthusiasm for the job or to make progress, when the reality is that you might be absolutely raring to take on more responsibility or run your own project. If you don’t ask then you don’t get and therefore it’s important to ask for opportunities. Is there a project coming up that you could be the project manager for, or is there a project coming up that you could be more involved in?

Putting yourself in that position will be a learning curve but will also mean that you are likely to be asked to do more projects and to take on more responsibility subsequently. It all starts with you asking for the opportunity and then making the most of it.

Be consistent

The final item in our list is to be consistent. Doing the things we’ve discussed once will have no effect, however, the cumulative effect of taking action every day is massive and always leads to results.

To recap, we first looked at networking. Go onto LinkedIn and Twitter every day, follow people you are interested in, interact with them and eventually that will lead to meetings, phone calls and opportunities. Read every single day for half an hour or more if you can make the time. Read books, read blogs, articles, newspapers, trade journals, listen to podcasts whenever you can. This will give you tremendous insight into the companies, people and jobs in the industry in which you want to work.

Modelling behaviours was our third point. Observe and model the behaviours of people who are successful. If you do this, then before you know it, you’ll be sharing in that success. Asking for projects was our fourth item. Ask for opportunities, otherwise people don’t know that you’re keen to take on more responsibility. Put your head above the parapet, take a risk and it will pay dividends to you later down the line.

Our fifth and final point was to be consistent. Do these things every single day and you will rapidly see that you’re making huge progress in your career. The ultimate goal is that you want to get into an industry that fits with your career aspirations, and to learn skills and knowledge from others that will let you thrive once you are there. You’ll also learn discipline and continuing to do these things every day will take you to ever greater heights. Good luck, you can do this!