There are always going to be external variables that can get in the way of achieving your professional goals. Even though some of these things might slow you down, it’s important that you don’t let them stop you. It’s usually our own self-sabotaging behaviors that tend to hold us back. Whether you want to become a partner in an established firm, or perhaps even start your own practice someday, here are some tips that can help boost your architecture career in 2021!
If you get to the point where your career is on autopilot it’s time to make some changes. Following a career roadmap is usually the best way to align your professional goals with specific actions to accomplish them. Rather than focusing on the companies that you want to work for and specific job titles, think about the skills and expertise that you will need to get there. Although what you know is important, getting an interview that you want is also about knowing the right people by building a strong network.
Keep Adapting and Learning
As architecture jobs continue to evolve, successful professionals are also lifelong learners who are not afraid to consider new ideas and perspectives along the way. Reading happens to be the easiest way to boost your architecture career. Instead of limiting yourself to architecture-related books, try considering ideas from another perspective to gain new vantage points and become even more dynamic. Try listening to an audio book while walking, and if you don’t know where to begin, here are a few suggestions:
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Prioritize Your Well-Being
Don’t sacrifice your mental or physical health in an attempt to boost your career. Although it might work to accomplish a few short-term goals, it usually becomes a one-way ticket to burnout. From maintaining a healthy diet to getting enough sleep every night, focus more on self-care this year and you will really stand out from the competition.
Professional plateaus happen to everyone, but you can choose whether to keep spinning your wheels in the same place or take a proactive approach to progress your career. Download some books, keep networking, and don’t compromise when it comes to self-care.
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