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Ways To Take Charge Of Your Career Growth

Lets deem August — the month of career growth!

Every day offers the chance to develop as a leader, help others, and take control of your career.

Majority of us are aware of the significance of career growth in theory. Therefore, it is odd that so few of us truly have a sound strategy for putting career planning into action. Some people’s careers typically evolve by accident and inertia; they are things that happen to them rather than things they actively shape.

Each of us may have a greater effect and achieve more success by taking deliberate action. Within your sphere of influence, you can rise to a leadership position. You have the power to take charge of your career development and personal success!

Improve Yourself Continually And Purposefully

Great careers don’t just happen. Create your career development plan and make sure you are always improving your abilities to stay on course. Look for learning opportunities that interest you rather than just those that are related to your career. Ask friends or co-workers for suggestions if you need inspiration. Ask them about their personal growth. Keep in mind that self-development should be holistic. To increase your creativity, think about adding an art lesson, a yoga session, or something similar.

Speak Up Before An Opportunity Arises

Sometimes a co-worker gets promoted or a new employee is hired for a position you were unaware even existed, but for which you would have applied if you had known about it. How can you obtain these covert positions? By speaking up as soon as possible.

This does not imply that you must constantly update your employer on your professional goals, but it does imply that you should let her know the career paths you are considering. You should bring up these topics during your annual evaluation.

Talk about what you want to accomplish as you set your goals for the upcoming year and request assignments that will enable you to do so. Inform your employer of your want to manage people, and request that she appoint you as the project team leader. Ask whether you may participate in any special projects or cross-functional teams if you want to go from project manager to product owner.

Bosses cannot read minds, so it is vital to state your needs upfront. Ask for a promotion if you think you are ready for one, or find out what you need to do to get one. But whatever you are asking for, make sure that you are thoughtful and intentional about your asks: 

  • Be clear about what you want; 
  • Consider who, when and how you will ask; 
  • Identify potential barriers and work to remove them.

Speak Up When an Opportunity Arises

Most of the time, when people turn down an opportunity, they use a series of justifications to persuade themselves that it was the proper thing to do. We allow our anxieties to rule our life rather than our objectives and aspirations when we fear failure or prepare for the worse. Therefore, be careful to say “yes” to new opportunities that will help you develop, challenge, and enrich yourself. You will do this by opening more doors, making new friends, and bringing about change for both you and others.

Whenever an opportunity presents itself that you’re interested in, let your employer know. Remember that your employer probably is unaware of the abilities and interests you possess. If you don’t tell her about them, neither will she. Tell her if you’re interested in managing people or a new field. Otherwise, she might choose a worker who speaks up instead of you.

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Find Out What Training You Need and Pursue It

This is one of the reasons why having a mentor is so important. Today, having a group of mentors you can routinely turn to for guidance and comments is more efficient. Find a co-worker who is currently in the position you want and ask them for advice on how to get there. Pay attention, then take action. Work experience and classroom instruction both may be a part of the training.

I advise choosing mentors who possess the abilities, traits, and life experiences you wish to mimic. If you want to lead a Fortune 500 firm and maintain a healthy family life, then find someone who has both. For example, some positions favour candidates with MBAs. Your bachelor’s in math education probably won’t be enough to become a high school principal. If you hope to head HR one day, you could choose to obtain an SPHR certification, a master’s degree in HR, or an MBA.

Spending time on career choices that don’t necessitate official certifications or degrees is excellent academically but may not necessarily improve your career. You should thus inquire of those who are now employed in the positions you believe you’d like to fill.

Reach Outside Your Comfort Zone

Never wait for someone to realize that you’d be a wonderful fit for a higher-level position before taking action. Participate in challenging volunteer opportunities, such as special projects and cross-functional teams, to expose yourself to new opportunities.

Additionally, keep in mind to develop connections outside of your direct reporting line. Work hard and be friendly to your co-workers at all times. Work on building a rapport with the department head if you’re thinking about switching departments.

Take charge of your career growth because it is ultimately your responsibility.

Takeaway

Working at the same employer for many years was normal just a generation ago. The progression was along these lines: Employer recruited employee; employee received raises; employee may have received a few promotions; employee experienced stability.

The pattern of professional life has changed in recent years. Today, you have a responsibility to take charge of their career route by being proactive, smart, and creative.

Most managers are aware of the value of organizational growth through training and development, but they do not consider the requirements of the individual employees. Giving unnecessary training, or even worse, giving the incorrect training, is ineffective.

Never wait to act until someone else realizes that you’d be a great fit for a higher-level position. To expose yourself to new prospects, take part in demanding volunteer activities like special projects and cross-functional teams.

Don’t forget to network with those who are not in your direct reporting chain as well. Always put in a lot of effort and be cordial with your employees. If you’re considering changing departments, try to get along with the department head.

Take control of your professional development because it is ultimately your duty.

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