By DebbieH 28 Jan 2019 6 min read

5 ways to excel your career


Has your career hit a bit of a wall? Considering searching for another job? Perhaps you need a boost towards reaching the next steps of your career?

Below, we’ve added five of our top tips to help you be more efficient and productive at work – which in turn will give you the tools to reach for the stars in your next job.


1. Build your personal brand

Even if you’re not looking for a new job in aviation right now, keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date is essential if you want to be approached by recruiters. You could be offered your dream job at any point.

Getting on LinkedIn can also help you build your knowledge and connect with like-minded individuals in the industry. Through frequent networking and keeping up to date with the latest news, your knowledge of the industry will only become greater.

You’ll also develop more confidence communicating your views about the industry and factors surrounding it, which can in turn help you to be seen as a more confident thought leader to others. 

Whether you’re a pilot, engineer or member of cabin crew, you should consider creating relevant posts and articles on LinkedIn. It could be relevant career advice for your profession, or opinion pieces.

Whatever you decide to do, build some time in to your week to keep LinkedIn updated. By using a little and often approach, your colleagues and recruiters will soon see how proactive you are and how much confidence you have in your role.


2. Ask questions

Asking questions can help you to develop a wider range of knowledge based around a subject, so this is something you should try to incorporate into your every day routine. Many people are reluctant to ask too many questions at work for fear of sounding uneducated or inexperienced.

In fact, asking questions can help you to appear more engaged in your role and willing to learn. If you ask the right people the right questions, you’ll start picking up valuable tips and insights that you can then put into practice.



3. Read regularly

This isn’t just limited to books – it includes blogs, news, online resources – everything!

Written communication is incredibly important in most roles and one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read regularly. We advise finding a publication that reports on aviation news, or even news/content relevant to your profession. 

Reading is also excellent exercise for your brain, exposing you to new ideas and perspectives. This is another area where employing a little and often approach can really pay off.


4. Get rid of any distractions

Distractions are everywhere at work – but there are some easy hacks on how to avoid them.

Your phone is the most obvious distraction. You’re unlikely to be productive if you’re checking your phone every couple of minutes. Either turn off your notifications while you’re at your desk or switch it off and put it away to avoid staring at it every five minutes.

Music can also be a big distraction, although certain types of music have been proven to motivate you and unleash your creativity, like classical music. If you want to listen to music while you work, find out what works best for you and avoid the songs that distract you from your work.


5. Make the most of your time

Be more efficient with your time at work – don’t waste a second if you can help it. The easiest way to begin is by implementing the ‘two-minute rule’. The idea behind this is that when you come across a task that can be done in two minutes or less, do it straight away.

How many meetings are in your schedule this week? Are they absolutely essential, or is the content something that could be discussed via email? While some are important, sometimes they can break your flow and divert your attention. 

Start tracking how much time you’re spending on your tasks. Once you have a clear idea of how long certain tasks take you, you’ll be able to plan your time more efficiently.