By Kibet Tobias
Weekends are very important, especially to your career. Most people use it to let loose and have fun but if you have an awful job, weekends give you an opportunity to actually work towards improving your professional life.
Here are some of the best ways to spend your weekend in order to accelerate your career.
1. Learn public speaking skills
Public speaking is a very important skill to have in your career yet most people don’t have it.
Once you are able to master the art of public speaking, you can quickly establish your credibility and communicate confidently with a wide audience.
Whether you’re applying to jobs or working hard for a promotion, how you speak greatly affects how people perceive you.
If you are looking to improve your public speaking skills over the weekend, you can try recording yourself while speaking on random topics and watch the videotapes in order to see what you need to work on.
You can also attend a Public Speaking class which will help you learn how to craft impromptu speeches as well as deliver persuasive talks.
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2. Work on a special project
There are things you would love to work on in your office, but there is not enough time to do so.
For this reason, weekends are a great time to work on them. You can choose to update your CV or build a personal blog.
Even if you are confident in your job now, it’s always good to get your portfolio ready for the next move. So that you can be prepared in case something suddenly changes with you or your company.
3. Learn Graphic Design
Whether it is using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, or any other software, graphic design skills are becoming highly sought-after for various positions, from marketing to social media management roles.
Luckily it is easy to learn the basics of graphic design on your own. You can use YouTube tutorials to learn and get relevant expertise.
Alternatively, you can spend some money and register for Photoshop online courses.
Volunteering is good for your soul and career. It’s one of the special traits most employers are looking for in candidates.
This weekend, you can find a social cause that is important to you and spend a few hours helping others. This will also provide you with an opportunity to network with other professionals as well. Remember needs are recurrent and so opportunities never lack.
Volunteering could even help you land a full-time job with a non-profit organization.
You may also want to attend a Meetup, seminar or any other event in your town with like-minded professionals.
If you are looking forward to accelerating your career this weekend, these are some of the things you may consider doing. Enjoy your weekend!