Whether you have been working a long time or are just starting out, you’ve probably heard a fair amount of career advice. While it is tempting to ignore unsolicited advice, be open to any advice that comes your way. It may encourage you to try something new or challenge you to grow your skills. With that in mind, here is some more career advice to consider!

Choose a career you love.

Search for a career in a field that you are passionate about, or look for a job with tasks that you enjoy doing. It may take time to find your ideal job, but it is worth the search. In the meantime, keep an open mind and know that every job is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Make the most of your abilities.

Follow your strengths. You can become an expert by concentrating on the skills that you’re strongest at. Take on new duties or responsibilities that allow you to master a skill that that fits with your career goals.

Consider yourself a lifelong learner.

No matter where you are in your career, you can still learn new things. We live in an ever-changing world and if you aren’t willing to learn new skills or new ways of looking at things, you’ll be left behind.

Think about your future.

Where do you want to be five years from now? Are you actively working toward your career goals? Are you keeping up with industry trends in your field? Are you growing your network?

Your career does not give your life purpose.

Working in a career that you like can add to your overall happiness, but it should not be the only source of motivation. To achieve the best work-life balance, decide what is most important to you and work toward that.

It is never too late to pursue a career that inspires you. If you are interested in exploring your career options, West Michigan Works! career coaches can help. They can aid you in finding opportunities that match your interest and career goals. Contact your local West Michigan Works! Office to schedule an appointment with a career expert and get some career advice from the experts!