Refresh Your Career Toolkit

 Photo by  Brandon Lopez  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brandon Lopez on Unsplash

by: The Memo Staff

We're more than halfway through the year, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about ways to level up in the second half of the year. Below we've included five new tools to add to your career toolkit.

1) For The Aspiring Entrepreneur: As some of us are preparing for our seat at the table or securing our seat, many might be thinking how to create their own empire. A recent tool that we came across is Alice. They offer things like entrepreneurship classes, sample pitch decks, and introductions to potential investors. If you want to launch your business before the end of 2018, you might want to say hello to Alice.

2) For Leaders: I’m sure we aren’t alone in striving to be the best version of ourselves. Regardless, of how “woke” you might think you are, we all have biases that shape our perspectives on the world around us. Additionally, if you manage a team or aspire to hold a management role, it’s important to break down the biases we hold in order to lead with emotional intelligence. Harvard produced a free implicit bias test -- you may be surprised about some of the implicit biases and beliefs you may have.

3) For Anyone Prepping for a Performance Review: Check out this Career Boot Camp, Owning Your Growth, led by one of our community members, Christina Merriweather. She's the Creator and CEO of 20/30 Enterprises, and in this boot camp, Christina explains how to make the most out of your performance review! You'll learn how to use the feedback you receive to gain clarity and create strategy around your professional development plan. It's one NOT to be missed!

4) For The Perfectionist: If you've always been a high performer, you're probably used to excelling at most everything you do. You may also be used to avoiding things you aren't inherently good at, thinking that you either have a skill or don't have it, with no in between. Carol Dweck's book, Mindset, tackles the difference between a fixed and growth mindset, arguing that you learn to be better at anything, you just may not be good at it "yet."

5) For The Lifetime Learner: We often get so caught up in leveling up our professional skillset, we don't often take the time to level up our personal skillsets. Learn a new skill or join a group that you find interesting. Painting, hiking, dancing, programming, sculpture, marketing: the possibilities are endless. Some good places to start are: www.meetup.com, your local library or university, Lynda.com, or this list of new skills you can learn at developgoodhabits.com You never know where this new skill will take you -- to a new stream of income, a new job, or just a way to decompress after a stressful day at work.