4 Ways to Boost Your Career In Your Own Free Time

Free TimeGiven today’s increasingly competitive job market, more and more of us are required to do a lot more in order to get ahead of the game and get noticed in the career fields of our choice. This can range from anything, whether you’re in the field of medicine or finance. It’s key these days to endeavour to sharpen up our skills and brush up our CVs whenever we can.

What’s that I hear you say? Your current work or study schedule grants you neither the time nor money to improve your CV the way you want to? Never fear, as thanks to our ever-globalising, ever-increasingly online and intercultural world, it’s now incredibly easy to access priceless learning information in our free time.

1)    Explore the Vast World of Online Courses

You’ll be amazed at what you can learn through the wonderful medium of the World Wide Web. Sure, there are a whole load of educational articles online that can teach you a few tricks, though why not take the extra step up and delve into some real learning. Online courses are a great way to learn what you want, when you want, and there is a whole plethora of providers such as NowLearning who offer courses in medicine, aged care and much more. What’s more, upon completion of these courses (which are provided by accredited institutions) you’ll be able to display it as an official qualification on your CV.

2)    Try Your Hand at Networking

The scope of networking has changed significantly over the years, and nowadays it’s much easier to join networking groups and get yourself noticed. Online platforms such as LinkedIn provide a great opportunity for this, though you can also check out local meet-ups with like-minded people who are looking to share ideas and get themselves noticed. Why network? Well not only will you be able to share ideas and potentially learn a lot, you may well find a potential employer who is looking for someone just like you.

3)    Volunteer

Nothing looks better on a CV than a willingness to get your hands dirty and help out for free, as it shows a strong willingness to learn and a good work ethic. Whenever we think of volunteering our minds often skip to helping out in developing countries, however there are opportunities much closer to help out much closer to home and within the bounds of convenience. This can range from helping out with the elderly at a local care home, doing some community support work or volunteering at a youth or social club. Not only can you learn a wide range of skills, but you may also end up meeting someone who provides you with further opportunities.

4)    Do Some Freelance Writing Jobs Online

From guests posts to content creation, the internet offers a huge range of opportunities to get involved in some online writing. Platforms such as oDesk provide a great starting point for this, and you can apply for and work on the jobs that fit your skillset. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can also try your hand at writing tasks that perhaps don’t necessarily fit your skillset. If that goes down well, you can slap it on your CV and further consolidate your wide range of skills and ability to learn more. Oh, and of course – the whole thing will earn you some extra bit of cash too.

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