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7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Career

7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Career

Career development is never easy. You may know what you want to do, but are unsure of how to get started or how to grow in your industry. Regardless of which industry you are in, here are some tips on how to jumpstart your career.

Set Goals

First and foremost, it is important to have an objective or aim. Goals help to guide actions and provide a sense of direction. Having some short-term and long-term career goals will help you to stay on track. It is also recommended that goals should be SMART, meaning that they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-relevant.


While it may seem intimidating, one of the best ways to proactively advance your career is through networking. Networking not only helps to build your confidence, but it also helps you to develop relationships with people who are already succeeding in the industry. This can be hugely beneficial if you’re looking for career advice or for someone to help pass along your resume within a specific company.

Be Proactive

Being proactive means showing initiative and eagerness to improve. It also means actively finding solutions before they become problems. Managers and employers notice these details and they can be fantastic anecdotes when interviewing for a new role. It also positions you to be more likely to search for new professional opportunities and upskilling opportunities.


Explore can mean a few different things. Firstly, explore your interests. You may be surprised by which direction they take you and the opportunities they bring about. Exploring can lead you to new fields and industries that you may not have previously thought about. Secondly, depending on the company where you work, explore internal opportunities. Often, there are opportunities for cross-departmental work that will allow you to meet new people and to develop new skills. Some companies may also offer the possibility of moving around to a different department that more closely aligns with your interests.

Build Your Personal Brand

Start gaining a positive reputation and establish yourself as an expert in your field. This may come from helping others, writing articles/blog posts on LinkedIn, or other personal projects. Whatever your unique skillset is, don’t be afraid to share that with others and show that you are active in the industry.


Mentorship can be invaluable when trying to jumpstart your career. Having a mentor helps to guide you towards success. Your mentor should be someone who is experienced in the industry and understands what is needed to succeed. They can provide you with useful insights and may be able to help point you in the right direction of career opportunities.

Interested in finding a mentor? Here are some tips on what to look for: www.cityu.edu/national-mentor-month/.

Keep Learning

Continuous learning/upskilling is one of the most valuable things you can do when trying to jumpstart your career. Learning is an investment in yourself and, regardless of which industry or position you ultimately achieve, you will not regret the time spent learning new skills. This will make you more valuable to your current employer and more competitive in the job market.

While there are no guarantees in today’s competitive job market, these tips can help you jumpstart a career in any industry. They can also help you stand out from competitors and put your best foot forward.

If you’re interested in learning more, City University of Seattle offers over 65 degree and certificate programs designed to help working adults upskill. Ranging from certificates to doctoral degrees, there are opportunities for every stage of career development. Check out a list of our programs here or complete this form to connect with a member of our Enrollment Team.

Christina DiPinto
Paul Schindler, Partner Development Specialist
Paul Schindler has been with the CityU team since 2021. He received his Bachelor's from UC Davis in Economics and MS in Educational Counseling from CSUS. He comes from a diverse background of Bio-tech, Software and Higher Education program administration with a focus on business development, investor relations, and relationship management. Paul currently works with various corporate and association partnerships to deliver programs that benefit the unique advantages of a CityU education and the corporate field.
Published May 13, 2024