5 Ways to Make an Impact on Your Career

Mark Danaher, Career, Life and Executive Coach/Speaker

April 5, 2023

We all want to make an impact in our careers. Whether it’s making a difference for our company or clients, or furthering our own professional development, we want to feel like our work matters. But sometimes it can be difficult to see the impact we’re making, especially when we’re bogged down in the day-to-day grind. If you’re looking for ways to make a bigger impact in your career, here are five suggestions.

Be Passionate

In order to make an impact in your career, it is important to be passionate about what you do. When you are passionate about your work, it shows in your attitude and your performance. Being passionate about your career means that you are constantly striving to improve and learn new things. It also means that you are willing to take risks and challenge yourself. Passionate employees are usually the most successful and the ones who make the biggest impact in their careers.

Set Yourself Apart

In order to make an impact in your career, you need to set yourself apart from the rest. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Find your niche: What is it that you do better than anyone else? What are you passionate about? When you find your niche, you’ll be able to excel in your career and stand out from the crowd.
  • Be authentic: Be true to yourself and don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will respect you more if they know that you’re being genuine.
  • Take risks: Don’t be afraid to take risks in your career. It’s often through taking risks that we achieve great things.
  • Stand out: Make sure that your work is of high quality and that you’re always striving to improve. If you’re doing exceptional work, people will take notice.
  • Be persistent: Never give up on your dreams and goals. If you keep working hard, eventually you’ll achieve success.

Be a Leader

In order to make an impact in your career, you need to be a leader. Leaders are those who take charge and motivate others to achieve a common goal. If you want to make an impact in your career, you need to be a leader that people can look up to and respect. Here are some ways you can be a leader:

  • Be confident in yourself and your abilities. People will not follow someone who is unsure of themself.
  • Set the example. You cannot expect others to do as you say if you are not doing it yourself.
  • Be decisive. Indecisiveness will only lead to confusion and frustration.
  • Be assertive. Leaders need to be able to stand up for what they believe in and fight for what they want.
  • Be patient. Things will not always go as planned, but leaders need to keep calm under pressure.
  • Be resilient. Leaders need to be able to bounce back from setbacks and continue moving forward.

Be Innovative

In order to make an impact in your career, you need to be innovative. This means thinking outside the box and coming up with new ideas that can help your company or organization succeed. To be innovative, you need to be creative and willing to take risks. You also need to have a strong work ethic and the ability to think critically. If you can do all of these things, you will be well on your way to making a positive impact in your career.

Give Back

There are many ways to make an impact in your career, and one of the most important is to give back. Whether you volunteer your time, donate money, or both, giving back can make a big difference in your community and in the lives of those who need it most.

Volunteering your time is an excellent way to give back. You can volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank, help out at a local school or after-school program, or even mentor someone who is looking for guidance in their career. Donating money is another way to give back. You can donate to a local charity or non-profit organization, or even start your own fundraiser to support a cause that you care about.

Whatever way you choose to give back, remember that even the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference in the world.

There are many ways to make an impact in your career, but these five are some of the most effective. By taking on new challenges, networking with influential people, and always striving to improve your skills, you can make a real difference in your field. And when you make a positive impact in your career, it can lead to greater success and satisfaction in all areas of your life.


By Jody Burum
Jody Burum Senior Career Counselor