Many of us assume that getting ahead will mean changing companies. Often though, that’s not the case. Taking the initiative to develop in your existing role, taking on new responsibilities and expanding your skillset, can present very real opportunities to move ahead, without moving on. Continued professional development is the key to success.
Take control of your learning and development
Consider where you are now and where you want to be. This will help you identify the new skills you need to move forward. Writing down your specific goals can help you to stay focused.
With a goal in mind and having identified the steps you need to take, you can make an action plan. Set milestones and schedule in regular reviews to check on your progress or make adjustments based on your changing priorities and experience.
Although formal training can play a role, the vast majority of our continued learning and development comes from more informal sources; observing, working with and mentoring colleagues, taking on new projects or facing challenging situations. Think about your day-to-day experiences and note down any potential learning opportunities. Be proactive! If a relevant opportunity arises, take it, even if it wasn’t part of your original plan.
Reflect regularly on your progress and take time to understand the potential of your new skills and experience. Having a comprehensive list of your accomplishments to hand can also save time when you’re preparing for a move, internal or external.
Lifelong learning is crucial when it comes to your career goals. But it can also impact your emotional wellbeing. Learning new skills can boost self-confidence, give you a sense of purpose and help you connect with others. With a growth mindset, open to every opportunity and confident in your ability to learn and grow, you’ll find that all areas of your wellbeing, including your relationships and career, can benefit.
A high level of career adaptability empowers you to work proactively towards the future you want. That’s why we’re offering 50 people the chance to work one-to-one with a professional career coach to develop their career adaptability.
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