Big corporate leaders who managed to achieve paramount success with their companies had one thing in common (probably more but here is the one that stands out) – they did not let their careers happen. They invested themselves in it. They worked hard for it. Finally, they planned it. In no way their success was accidental.
With the employers being reluctant to invest into developing their employees today (mostly due to the rising trend of frequent job hopping), self-career development should be more intentional than ever. For those who take it seriously and plan their career success, self-development is often the only way to facilitate their career progress. The question is how can one do it? What are some effective tactics for assuming control of accelerating one’s career and development? Here are some options for self-career development in 2019.
There is a variety of courses today to help you stay on top of all issues that relate to your industry. Although employers usually allocate some portion of a budget to staff training, make sure you attend some courses even if you get overlooked. This is a great chance to develop your industry specific knowledge and grow your skills. Alternatively, you can try and attend some courses that don’t relate to the industry you are currently work in. It may well be that discovering new industries will lead you to change your career vector or use newly gained knowledge at your current workplace.
Personal Development Classes
There are skills-based trainings that could help you gain proficiency in specific areas. Although this kind of training is categorized as personal development, certain personal skills can significantly improve one’s performance at work. It is a smart investment in future because regardless of where you are going to work 10 years from now, such skills as leadership, flexibility, time management, etc. will be helpful anyway and anywhere.
It is no secret that such skills as creativity, emotional intelligence, people management, business analysis, artificial intelligence, etc. will be in great demand among companies in 2019.
While it may seem like networking groups don’t offer much in terms of personal or professional development, the truth of the matter is that they actually do. Networking groups provide a great opportunity not only to establish contacts but also stay up to date with recent trends and industry news. Talking to people and getting some advice from those who share your interests can build up your confidence levels and inspire you! If you are more after one-to-one communication, a network group can be a fantastic place to find a mentor too.
Getting a Mentor
This one is tough because having a mentor usually implies getting out of the comfort zone. Nevertheless, the importance of having a good mentor can unlikely be ever overstated. This is the person who will stretch you to your limits, will inspire you to reach new milestones, and will somewhat open your mind to new things. In regard to professional development, mentors are a safe place to learn new things, ask questions, and experiment no matter how silly the experiments might seem.
Ask for a Feedback
Asking for a feedback is not the type of self-development opportunity like those mentioned above. You don’t have to sit in a class to do it. You don’t need to pay for it. You don’t need to select any programs to apply for. All you have to be doing is gauging your proficiency and skills by asking others to provide their feedback. Such action might be quite threatening to one’s self-esteem because sometimes people will tell negative things about you. However, it is absolutely critical to successful career development. Less than a quarter of employees constantly ask for a feedback. Those who are willing to ask for an honest opinion are usually eager to work on their behavior to correct mistakes and improve performance (which is directly tied to career success).
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