These 8 Investments Will Work Wonders for Your Career
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In order to set yourself up for professional success, it's important to invest in your career. From power wardrobe pieces to online classes, there are several things you can do to give yourself a leg up in the professional world. Scroll through for a list of worthy investments we happily spend our hard-earned money on.
Always invest in a durable computer, dependable cell phone, and great Internet speed. You want to be the first to respond to emails, deliver high-quality products, and engage with clients. You also never want to fall short of your employer's or potential employer's expectations because of hardware malfunction. Be at the top of your game at all times by investing in quality digital devices upfront.
Looking clean, polished, and put-together on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your career. Harvard psychology professor Amy Cuddy talks about the power of nonverbal communication and how others make subconscious judgments from your appearance before anything else. Always make sure to take a look in the mirror before you head to the office or a meeting. Keep a top-quality brush and compact in your handbag at all times.
To quote a chapter from Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power's forthcoming book, Career Code, "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Investing in a few key wardrobe staples like a power blazer, a sleek work bag, and comfortable but professional shoes will make you feel and exude more confidence than a less-than-incredible ensemble. Start building you wardrobe slowly, but be strategic. You want to craft a wardrobe that makes you feel like a boss, even if you aren't yet.
This could fall into the grooming category, but it's so important that we had to make it its own investment. You could spend your entire paycheck on a chic office look (not that we think you should), but it will mean nothing if your garments aren't steamed and cleaned properly. Invest in a steamer for at-home purposes to keep the number of your dry cleaning bills per month to a minimum.
Keeping an active lifestyle keeps your brain firing on all cylinders. You want to come across as a healthy, energetic professional—not someone who skirts physical activity for an extra hour in front of the screen every night. Make a commitment to your health and your career by investing in a gym membership, Class Pass, or some form of physical activity on the regular.
In order to be successful, you can never stop learning. Whenever you read about someone you admire or a work method that intrigues you, buy a book on the matter. Building a home library is an investment that will help you excel in your career. You can read, annotate, return to each book, and be inspired by thought leaders every day by building your own collection of professional books.
Whatever your profession, choose to stay current on the latest software available. Take Excel or Photoshop classes, refresh your writing skills, or sign up for digital media workshops. Investing in continuing your education is essential for staying current and keeping your mind fresh. If you don't continue your professional education, you can become irrelevant very quickly.
Avoid burnout by using your vacation days. They are part of your contract for a reason. It pays to take time away from the office and recenter yourself. Traveling works wonders for giving you a different perspective, refreshing your outlook, and recharging your batteries. So book a flight! It will help you succeed professionally.
What's one career splurge you don't regret? Share with us in the comments.