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6 FABULOUS TIPS TO FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER

Women around the world are now becoming part of the economic fabric of society, and this is no different for Muslim women who are venturing out with their talents and entrepreneurial spirits as professionals. No matter what your career area is, as a professional Muslimah, you will no doubt want to be looking at getting ahead and increasing your success.

1. Have sincere intentions

As always, the first piece of advice when starting any endeavour is to have the sincerest of intentions, especially when you are working. This can make your work rewardable and ensure there are blessings in it. Put up a reminder at your desk or in the workplace that sincerity is the key to your success. Allah says: “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” [Qur’an: Chapter 16, Verse 97]

2. Put yourself out there and forward

One of the aspects that make an employee different from others is their ability to put themselves forward for tasks and projects that may not necessarily be in their remit. When you make yourself noticed by sharing ideas and putting forward your suggestions to management, this shows your creativity and your commitment, which is attractive to employers. It will also increase your chances to take on projects outside of your comfort zone, boosting your confidence and your skills. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be vocal and outspoken, but you can take initiative and solve issues. This way, you are more likely to get yourself noticed for a promotion or opportunities.

Get yourself noticed

One of the best pieces of advice is to ‘get noticed’, as it can be easy to get lost in a big office environment among various types of personalities. And it means lots of new projects and work, strengthening your skills and boosting your position within the company.

3. Take ownership for your learning

One of the mistakes many professionals make is failing to take ownership for their own learning. No matter what organisation you belong to, you will most likely have an HR department who can let you know of training programs, courses and workshops to enhance and broaden the skills needed to progress in your career. Sign up to a course that will give you a new skill so you are building on this instead of just being a ‘one-trick pony’, as some say.

Use various resources

There is also a range of resources available online to utilise at Mind Tools for improving your transferable skills like presentation, communication and organisation skills, valuable traits every employer looks for. We also advise reading books within and beyond your sector to boost your professional development; Once you take ownership for your own learning, you will start to discover strengths and opportunities you didn’t know existed.
4. Learn from others’ mistakes

They say wisdom is to not to simply learn from you own mistakes, but to learn from the mistakes of others and this is certainly true in the working world. If you can learn from experts in your field then you will certainly find ways to get ahead of the game in terms of career and knowledge so create a shortlist of people you can be mentored by or get advice from to advance your professional progress.

5. Develop a wide network

Meet new people and be communicative. Someday if you need any help in any project you know where to head to.

Stay in touch

Follow up immediately with people who you have met at an event or in a meeting. This gesture shows them that you are keen to stay in touch, while adding them on social media means that you can see what career-related opportunities they may share. Having a wide network also means that you can gradually build a support network of people who may know of other excellent job opportunities (if you ever need an exit strategy plan!).

6. Always think ahead

It is essential that no matter what area of work you are in you think ahead, as progression is key to being a productive Muslimah. Some of us may be in jobs which we have been in for a while, but did you know most HR advisors recommend moving on from a job every three years? This can ensure you are exposed to different working environments.

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