If you’re a motivated, driven individual and you want to go places with your career, you should create a professional bucket list to help you get there. Here are some potential items you might want to have on that list:
Tell Your Boss, “Show Me the Money!”
Okay so maybe not those words exactly, but you should be bold enough to ask your boss for a bump in salary when you deserve it. When you’re just starting out in your career, you probably often work crazy hours to establish yourself as a serious employee. Let your boss know how hard you’ve been working, and bring in samples of what you’ve been working on to prove it. Also, be prepared to list all of the reasons why you’re an asset to their company. With some advance planning and a little luck, that raise that you’ve been hoping for can be yours.
Establish Goals for Your Career
A great resume can be the ticket to a great career, so if your resume isn’t what you’d like it to be, brainstorm some ways you can really make it shine. Consider joining a professional organization, presenting at a conference or even doing volunteer work in your field.
Chances are, if you have a job, you’ve already made it through an interview, but now it’s time to switch things up and interview someone else. Choose someone who you look up to, like someone who has a job that you’d like to have someday, and ask them how they got to where they are now. Don’t be afraid to interview someone who seems on a different career ladder than you; you never know where career paths will lead.
Investing in your 401k may not seem all that appealing right now, but when you’re older and ready to retire, you’ll be glad you did.
Get to Know the People at the Top
Want to impress your company CEO? It all starts with putting yourself out there and making an introduction. This gives you valuable insight into the company and helps you appreciate the place where you spend 40+ hours a week.
Step up to Lead
Whether it’s leading a meeting, spearheading a project or serving as the department head, there are all kinds of ways you can step up and be a leader in your career. If you’re extremely introverted and terrified by the idea of public speaking, find a way that you can still lead from behind the scenes.
Go on Vacation
Take some time to get away from the office for a little while. Going on vacation can be just the thing to help you relax and de-stress, so you come back to your job energized and invigorated, ready to work.
Go for the Gold
Whatever career you find yourself in, most likely there are awards to acknowledge people who’ve achieved remarkable things in that field. If you’ve done something notable for your job that you think deserves some recognition, consider applying for one of these awards. Getting an award obviously makes a great addition to your resume and establishes you as a credible expert in your field.
Go Back to Your College (to Speak)
Talk to the college students at your old stomping grounds, especially the ones who are majoring in the same thing you did. For example, if you work in business administration, you could speak at an event the college of business is hosting. Tell them what they should be doing in college to set themselves up for career success down the road.
If you’ve been out of school for at least three years, you could be a great professional mentor for someone who’s younger than you. They’ll appreciate your wisdom and guidance, and you’ll feel good knowing you were able to help.
Who says bucket lists are just for life outside the office? With a professional bucket list, you can set yourself up for fulfillment AND fun in your career!