This Valentine’s Day, Love your Job Too
We spend most of our time at work, so why not love what we do? Most Americans spend a third of their lives and half of their waking hours at work. Enjoying the work that you do has a drastic impact on your overall happiness. People who feel engaged in their work are more likely to be happy in their career and their life in general. However, in the U.S, only 30% of employees feel engaged in their work.
Just like personal relationships, developing a good relationship with work takes commitment, patience, and hard work. Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years, and how do you plan to get there? Changing careers or up-skilling to move forward in your current career doesn’t need to be daunting.
Whether you plan to continue working in your current field, shift gears completely, or are simply unsure, taking a class is a great way to re-energize your workday and love your job.
Taking a Refresher Course
It is important to keep your job skills from becoming obsolete. Technology moves quickly, and new features and functionality are updated on a regular basis. To love your job, try taking refresher courses periodically in things like Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks, or Google Apps keep your skills fresh and help you maintain your edge. Also refresher courses are a great place to network with other professionals, broadening your professional network.
Expanding Your Skillset
Is there something you need to learn in order to make it to the next step in your career? Often taking the time to learn a new skill is a great way to demonstrate to employers that you are actively engaged and open to new ideas. Learning a new skill is also good for your brain, and can help you engage more in the work that you are doing through a deeper understanding of how different systems and functional teams work together. What’s not to love there?