Navigating your career as a young professional can be difficult. How can you continue to grow, and push your career in the right direction? Here are 5 tips to keep your career on track.

#1 Keep learning

The workforce is getting smartermachines are automating jobschildren are learning to code.

All these facts lead to one reality: the job market is competitive. Learning doesn’t end when you receive your diploma – it’s just the beginning. Be comfortable asking questions and taking advantage of the resources available to you.

To keep learning, there are great online education resources like Lynda.comTreehouse, and Codecademy.

#2 Use your strengths

Young professionals have to find ways to bring value to their employers. A great way to add value is to know your strengths, and use them. If you use your strengths every day, statistics say you will stay at your job longer, and be more productive.

#3 Keep your ears open

Active listening and staying in tune with your environment can help you get ahead. If you listen, you may be able to pick out problems brought up by co-workers. Problem solvers are valuable and listening can help you find solutions.

Not only can listening help you identify problems, but it can also help you become a great leader. According to Richard Branson listening is key to strong leadership:

“To be a good leader you have to be a great listener. Brilliant ideas can spring from the most unlikely places, so you should always keep your ears open for some shrewd advice”

#4 Embrace failures

Mark Cuban, a judge on NBC’s Shark Tank and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has had his share of failures. He lost his first job as a salesman and started selling powdered milk thinking it was going to be a hit.  “I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail… a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation. I really wouldn’t change anything at all.” Cuban sold his company for $5.7 Billion

#5 Find comfort in fear

As humans, we crave comfort . With this tendency, we risk challenging ourselves and experiencing personal growth. An interview in 1994 reveals that Steve Jobs knew his products would be soon obsolete.  He feared that people would forget his innovations. “All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m 50,” he was 39 at the time. We know how his story unfolded. Time named Jobs in the list of the top 20 most influential Americans of all time.

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