How to futureproof your career after your Chevening year

As a Chevening Alumnus, you possess a unique blend of skills, global perspectives, and a prestigious network that can propel your career forward. Whether you’re happily employed or searching for your next job, it’s important to be proactive and look ahead to your next career step.

Here are five essential strategies to futureproof your career and stay ahead in a rapidly changing world:

1. Commit to lifelong learning

The landscape of work is evolving faster than ever before. If you want to remain competitive in the job market, it’s essential to make the most of all learning opportunities. Take advantage of online courses, workshops, and seminars to update your skills and stay informed about emerging trends in your industry.

Your Chevening experience has equipped you with critical thinking and adaptability skills – leverage these traits to explore new areas and technologies. If you’re looking for a place to start, the Chevening Alumni team has curated resources on digital skills and resources on soft skills for our alumni community.

2. Stay active in your Chevening network

Your Chevening year has connected you with a diverse community of professionals worldwide. Stay in contact your network by joining the Chevening Alumni Facebook group and LinkedIn group or finding a Chevening Alumni Alliance Subnetwork that interests you.

Nurture these valuable connections by actively participating in events, networking platforms, and industry conferences. Look out for opportunities to collaborate with fellow Chevening Alumni on projects and initiatives that foster innovation and global cooperation.

3. Embrace technological advancement

Whether you’re in computer science or human rights law, it’s important to stay abreast of any technological advancements in your field. Artificial intelligence, for example, is shaping the future of work at a rapid pace. If you’re looking to delve into the world of AI, check out these free courses on AI curated for the Chevening Alumni community.

By embracing new technology, you can position yourself as a forward-thinking professional capable of leveraging innovation to drive positive change in your organisation and beyond.

4. Develop a personal brand online

In our digital age, your online presence on social media platforms can be a critical career asset. Keep your LinkedIn profile and professional portfolios up to date to reflect your Chevening achievements and career milestones. Check out our guide on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out after your Chevening year. One key tip is to highlight the fact that you are a Chevening Alumnus at the top of your LinkedIn profile.

Use your platform to share insights, industry news, and thought leadership to establish yourself as a knowledgeable and influential voice in your field. A strong personal brand not only attracts opportunities but can also reinforce your credibility as a thought leader in your network.

5. Always be open to new opportunities

In today’s dynamic job market, it can be a good idea to always keep your CV and LinkedIn profile up to date, even while you’re employed. A ‘passive candidate’ is a someone who is not actively job hunting but remains open to new prospects when they occur. Being a passive candidate keeps you on recruiters’ radars and can lead to better job offers, career advancements, and networking opportunities.

Regularly updating your CV ensures that your latest skills, achievements, and experiences are accurately reflected, making you ready for unexpected opportunities. Read our guide on how to optimise your CV as a Chevening Alumnus.


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