It’s easy to get stuck, and reach a point where we feel trapped in our career. You may not like what you’re doing—frankly, you may even hate it—but you can’t or won’t walk away. Often, this is due to practical concerns. It’s tough to walk away from a job that pays you’re a decent salary, even if you don’t like it.
Most of us have heard the saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” But with constant demands on current time and energy, it can be difficult to devote proper effort to visualizing the future and how to achieve goals. Finding the motivation to do so, however, can have exciting results down the line.
Volunteering can have many positive effects for you. It gives you a sense of purpose and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping other people and supporting a worthy cause. If you are the type who believes in karma, this is also a great way to repay the universe for the blessings you have been given, and to possibly earn yourself some good karma.
Obviously, you should volunteer just because you are motivated to help others and do something good. However, it is possible that you can also enjoy some work-related benefits as an extra bonus.
There are a wide range of skills that can be necessary or beneficial to professional success and advancement. One that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves—yet is very important to employers—is critical thinking.
While critical thinking can often be interpreted in different ways, the basic concept means to evaluate how things are done and think about the pros of cons of doing something various ways, so that you can find the best solution and most efficient process for doing something. In other words, it’s analyzing problems and processes to come up with a solution.
Years ago, the concept of “creatively enhancing” your resume (in other words, making stuff up) was sort of an unofficially accepted thing—if you didn’t do it yourself, you likely knew people who did. And the conventional wisdom was that once you got hired and started your new job, the fact that your fudged a few things on your application or added a bit of fiction to your resume was seen as no longer relevant.