You wouldn’t build a house on sand, would you? I’m willing to bet that you would rather build your house on a sturdy, concrete foundation that will stand up during a storm. Well, Peter Weddle thinks the same should hold true for your career. This year there are turbulent winds in our economy; the careers built on sand might be swept away. How do you make sure your career will withstand the storm?

Peter suggests seven ways to compose a rock-solid base. Here are four I found fascinating:

  • Volunteer — use your skills to do something helpful to others.
  • Stay in contact with those that can help you further your career.
  • Test your limits — expand your expertise to a variety of areas.
  • Don’t stress too much — Give yourself downtime to stay motivated.