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Having a successful career in any industry takes a lot more than just becoming an expert in any given field. 

If you want that figure on your paycheck to rise over time, you need to be able to impress the person signing it. It’s important to position yourself for success in multiple ways.

Here are a few suggestions that can help you forge a successful career pathway in almost every industry.

1. Take advantage of learning opportunities offered. 

Plenty of employers offer in-house training these days, as they recognize the clear benefits of an educated workforce.

And whether you are offered the chance to get a qualification in soft skills or a role-specific training course, our advice is the same: do it.

Take advantage of everything on offer, as the skills and knowledge you gain can often becoming irreplaceable — often at no cost to yourself.

2. Learn on your own time.

Stuck with a backwards-thinking employer that doesn’t embrace staff training? Why not take some business courses in your spare time — there is a huge range of online courses that are completely free these days, some of which are created by the best universities in the world.

Other online educators will charge you a small amount of money, but as long as you have the motivation and discipline to keep pushing yourself, they will be worth the money in the long-term.

3. Go back to school.

The business skills you will learn on an MBA course can prove invaluable to your career, no matter which industry you are in.

Let’s assume that you are an engineer, and you feel the time is right to take on a managerial position. You could study a course in Masters of Engineering Management online, or in person at a local college.

Once there, you’ll learn the skills you need to understand everything from managing people to developing business strategies.

4. Volunteer for more advanced work.

You can only learn so much in a classroom, and it’s a different kettle of fish when it comes to putting theory into practice. And chances are, despite your new knowledge, employers will still think it a risk to give you a shot at a more advanced role.

You need to prove yourself, and putting your name in the hat is a great way of finding the platform you need to show what you can do. Not only will you learn a ton in these types of hands-on roles, but the practical nature of your projects will give you plenty of real-world experience.

5. Find a mentor.

Finally, ask every successful business person on the planet right now, and they will all tell you the same thing — having a mentor is critical to their success.

Ultimately, whatever line of work you are in, there will always be someone with more knowledge and experience than you. If you learn how they operate at a higher skill level and give you instant feedback on your work, your career will reach new heights.

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