It’s almost holidays and if you don’t have plans this festive, you’re probably wondering what you can do to keep yourself busy. Well, you could use this time to improve your career and get ready to tackle 2021 by developing and brushing up on your professional skills. Here’s how.

Volunteer

We’ve probably mentioned volunteering quite a bit in some of our articles, and there’s a reason for this. This is one of the best ways to keep busy while making a meaningful contribution to society and your career. Some of the greatest professional skills that can be gained from volunteering include being able to work with others, leadership and taking initiative.

Get a holiday job

Holidays are a good time to kick back and relax, but there’s also only so much relaxing one can do until boredom strikes. So why not keep that from happening by getting a holiday job that’ll keep you busy, contribute to your career goals, make your CV look good and still give you a little bit of extra money? A holiday job will teach you time management and decision making skills, and we all know those are great skills to have as a professional.

Do an online course

Online courses, such as our CellC Take a Girl Child to Work Day Online Programme, are great because they can happen right in the comfort of your own home, which is perfect, especially right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online courses provide you with a certificate of completion and that’s a great look with your CV. You’ll be known as the young professional who’s competent and gets things done. Those are great titles to be associated with.

Start a business

Starting a business doesn’t mean starting a multi-million rand empire, although that would be great and it’s probably the end goal. It’s okay to start something small to keep you busy during the holidays. Your small business won’t only keep you busy, but it will also give you the professional skills you need- like good communication and conflict management skills. So, if there’s an idea you’ve been putting off, this could be the perfect time to get it off the ground.

Get a mentor

You’re probably wondering if you’ll be able to find a mentor during the festive season, and maybe you’re a bit sceptical because you don’t want to seem like a burden during the holidays. Those concerns are valid, but it’s also important to remember that there’s always someone who’s willing to help you, it’s just a matter of you asking for help. There are so many things you can learn from your mentor that’ll grow you on a personal and a professional level.

So, you see? Your holidays don’t have to be a complete bore or waste of time, there are some really great things that you can do that will benefit your career greatly, each of them with valuable lessons and professional skills to be learnt. If you have more ideas on how to build professional skills, get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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