Four ways to use your current job to build your future career

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Your first job can help you build the skills and experience you need to progress your career or get your dream job.

Tips to use your current job to build your future career:

1. Be open about your career goals

Talk to your supervisor about your career goals. Ask about opportunities to take on new tasks that may help you meet your longer term goals.

Don’t worry if your current employer can’t offer you these opportunities right now. Think about how the skills and experience you are developing in your current role could be of benefit in future roles.

Focus on being good at your job. Potential employers will contact your current and previous employers to discuss your work ethic and performance at work.

2. Be proactive

Build your skills and experience by offering to take on new tasks and responsibilities as they come up. Don't act like any tasks are 'below' you.

3. Find a mentor

Try to find a mentor who works in your chosen industry. Use them as a sounding board for your career questions and aspirations. Also listen to their advice and learn from their experiences.

For more information, check out our article on Workplace mentoring.

4. Keep learning

Could any formal training or further education help you build the skills and knowledge you need to reach your career goals? To make sure you get the most out of further education, read our article on Comparing training providers and courses.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.