If you have been scouring the web recently, trying desperately to find some new and ingenious ways of progressing your career, it’s likely you will have noticed something in particular. There will be courses, professional development coaches, training conferences and all kinds of other things that will be thrown in your direction – and all of them cost money.
Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong in spending money on training or learning – especially if that investment results in you earning more over your entire career, and gets you to a place that you want to be. But the reality of the modern world is that a lot of these ways of spending your hard earned cash on professional development won’t pay off.
And anyway, there are plenty of ways to save money while training, make the most of what you have, and avoid spending a fortune on products, lessons and services that just don’t work. Here are some ideas you can use to progress your career without blowing your life’s savings.
Work, listen and prove yourself
First of all, when you are working for a living there’s only really one person that you want to impress: your boss. All employers want to make more money, so by watching, learning and listening how to do just that for your company, you will be able to form some clever ideas on how to help them turn even more profit.
And all the while, you will still be picking up a paycheck, without the enormous costs of a university education or similar.
Find the right job
When you are looking for a new job, always try and find a company that is happy to fund your training. It doesn’t matter what work you do, there are good firms and bad firms when it comes to educating their workforce. Let’s say you want a career change and fancy becoming a truck driver.
It’s going to cost you a significant investment to pay privately, so instead of thinking “where is there CDL training near me,” think “where can I work that will pay for my CDL?” Only good companies invest in training their employees so they can reach their potential, so start being picky about who you work for.
There’s a school of thought in pedagogy that you never really understand something until you can start teaching it. So why not give it a go? Let’s say you are a social media marketer at work – why not run community courses to help small local businesses understand how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram properly?
You’ll find that people start to look up to you, and your name gets out there in the wild. And over time you will start to recognize the real gaps in your knowledge, plug them up, and end up with a better understanding of your subject. Not to mention the fact that you might get some extra consultancy work from customers who don’t have time to act on your advice.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways of furthering your career without spending money. Do you have any more ideas to add?