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How To Focus On Your Career Development This Summer

Written by Kemi Elliott

Whether you’re going on vacation or just have a vacation state of mind, productivity often takes a dip during the warmer months. With the longer days and sometimes slower work pace, summer is an opportune time to turn your focus on career goals outside of your day-to-day work. Here are some ideas for tapping into summer’s unique advantages to advance your career and keep your job search going.

Take a real vacation.

While working ourselves to the bone is common, and even expected by some employers, it’s probably doing more harm than good. Without an occasional break, you’ll start to burn out and your productivity will dwindle. Stepping away from the physical and mental demands of everyday life gives you a chance to come back refreshed and clear-headed. Use the time off to recharge, so you can come back to your career with a fresh perspective.

Reflect on your interests.

If you have time to take a step back this summer and really consider your goals and interests, use it. Remember, your major is just one piece of the larger puzzle. Take some time to review the Edvantage Training to see which types of opportunities speak to you and your long-term goals.

Upskill your career

Summer’s slower pace is a good time to sign up for classes and training sessions or even book a retreat for personal and professional transformation.The world is changing quickly, and with it, the future of work. Even if you’re highly trained and educated, your industry will keep changing and require constant adaptation. Upskilling yourself is the solution to this problem. You can evolve your skills to keep up with the changes in your industry and further your career.

Grow your network

Summer is also a good time to make new connections or strengthen existing ones and also networking during the summer feels more relaxed. This is the time to reach out to mentors, or seek out a friend you admire and meet for a drink to discuss how they’ve developed their career. The idea is to get outside of your own head and connect with others so you can increase the range of your knowledge, understanding, or experience.

Whether you’re preparing for a career or picking up a new hobby, EdVantage Training (Dean’s Staffing Solutions, Inc.) is a full-service Training Solutions Provider that offers you a variety of noncredit courses for workforce training and lifelong learning.

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