There is a buzz in the air as summer starts to come to an end and kids head back to school. Families are going on their last vacations before parents start their same old routine of packing lunchboxes, going to work, and helping with homework while cooking dinner. Stores have school supplies on sale and in prime position to capture your attention.
In the business world, things start to hit a stride again as everyone settles back into their old routines. But before you get too comfortable, let’s take YOU back to school.
Talk to Teacher
Make sure you have a mentor. No matter where you are in your career, having a person that supports growth, helps set goals, and is a resource is incredibly valuable. Mentors can help guide with career decisions and may see situations from a different perspective. Their expertise and constructive feedback is a valuable resource to help you grow. As you become a better professional and expand your own talents, consider becoming a mentor for others.
Play at Recess
Networking is a key part of the business world for both finding new clients and accessing colleagues. Networking expands your list of contacts and increases your visibility, which will help you open doors down the road. Getting face time, virtually or in person, with people is a great way to let people get to know you, build trust, and a stronger customer relationship. A mentor can also help expand your network by introducing you to their contacts or professional organizations.
Never stop learning. There will always be a new technology, or gimmick, or something that you should know about. Keep up with your field by seeking out continuing education opportunities and conferences. Not only are conferences great for networking, but they are also a great source of information for just a few days of your time. Many conferences and business courses are available online too, which make them easy to access, putting resources and knowledge at your fingertips.