How is your career getting on? Are you taking it seriously or are you bored at work? Do you go to work to grow in that career or is it just for the sake of the paid position or regular employment to get your fixed salary? Are you there to socialize and take the casual approach in getting your work done?
How long have you held your job? Are you like some people who claimed that they have many years of working experience but in actual fact have been repeating the same task over the years.
Have you made any career advancement? What knowledge and skills have you learned from your job? Do you think you are more marketable now and can demand for a higher income and more benefits?
If you were to lose your job today, do you think you have the skills, aptitude and attitude to get another job within a couple of weeks?
If you have the desire to advance in your profession, you cannot have a lackadaisical attitude. Every year more people are graduating and joining the job market.
Competition is tough.
You got to keep updated with new innovations, learn new skills, hone your present abilities, become more competent and change unproductive and bad habits.
6 Tips for Personal Career Growth.
Try out these suggestions to help you decide if you are on the right career path. You can then take the necessary actions to develop a career plan and move upward.
1. Do a Self-Assessment.
Do a self-assessment or self-appraisal to enable you to recognize your knowledge, values, skills, personality and interests or preferences. The assessment will help you determine if your current role or job suits you. It will also assist you in deciding if you want to develop it further or make a career change.
A self assessment will also help you plan your career goals and identify knowledge and skills that you have to acquire.
Answer these questions.
What are my top 5 skills?
Here are a few ideas to help you identify them.
i. Skills working with people – Do you have the skills to work with people such as counseling, teaching, listening, negotiating, and motivating.
ii. Enterprising skills – Are you good at selling something, promoting products, influencing others, giving presentations, and solving problems?
iii. Conventional skills – Are you skilled at handling details, looking into procedures, making charts and understand accounting, computers and products?
iv. Leadership skills – Do you have the skills to manage, trouble shoot, solve problems, make decisions, evaluate others, delegate and take risks?
v. Data and information skills – Are you good at analyzing data, programming, computing, evaluating information, researching and auditing?
vi. Technical skills – Are your strengths in assembling or installing things, operating and handling complex equipment and instruments?
vii. Creative skills – Are you a competent and skillful writer, entertainer or inventor? Do you have the ability to create software or videos, design and compose?
What are my top 5 interests?
If your interests include teaching, making a difference in other people’s lives and counseling, it indicates that you prefer to do things that involve social service and helping others.
If your attention is more on dealing with things, facts and information such as research, organizing data and you have a strong inclination to the technical aspects of things, you would do better in a career that involves technical stuff.
If your interests revolve around music, acting, writing reading and working independently, it indicates that you are more artistic in nature and will do well in careers that involve ideas and people.
What are my top 5 values?
Knowing your values is important for your career development planning process. If your role is not aligned with your values, you will feel bored at work and find your job unfulfilling and uninspiring.
If your top 5 values include independence, excitement, authority, leadership and decision making, you would not excel in a career in that is not challenging.
And if you prefer a calm atmosphere, structured environment, security, friendship and a sense of belonging, you would do better in a career that gives you minimal pressure.
What is my personality type?
Your personality type is another area to look into when you are thinking about your personal career growth.
Are you and extrovert or introvert? Are you a thinking or a feeling person? Are you more of a sensing, intuitive, judging or perceptive person?
2. Set Your Career Goals
Think about the answers to these questions.
i. What do I want to achieve in a year, 3 years and 5 years from now?
ii. In order to reach my 5 year goal, what knowledge, abilities and skills must I learn, develop and enhance?
iii. Does my long term career goal match my values and interests?
iv. Am I willing to commit to learning and developing my skills?
v. Why do I want to reach this ultimate career goal?
3. Identify Career Options
After listing your skills, interests and values, determine if your present job is ideal for you. Otherwise, look out for other available career options.
If you are artistic, you may want to consider a career in advertising, fashion designing, teaching arts or literature, architecture or become an entertainer.
If you are more conventional, being an accountant, analyst or a webmaster may suit you. If your strengths and interests involve helping people and providing services, consider a career as a counselor, therapist or nurse.
4. Create a Plan for Your Career Growth
Write an action plan. Think of what you must do to advance in your current role. If you plan to change your career, do a research and think of the steps that you will take to make it happen.
5. Improve Emotional Intelligence
If you want to achieve success in your career, learn and develop emotional intelligence. It is a useful tool to help with job advancement.
Developing your EQ will assist you in dealing with and managing yourself and other people effectively.
6. Expand Your Network
In the course of your work you will meet many people. Get to know them and learn from them.
Build better relationships with your co-workers and clients. Cultivate a circle of friends from different industries and profession because people are your resources.
Your network of friends will provide you with more career choices and better job opportunities if you decide to take up another post or change your profession.
After going through the ideas and suggestions mentioned above, decide if you want to improve on your present job or look for another opportunity that is more suitable for you.
If you want to stick to your present job, learn to find joy in your work and put in extra efforts to become more competent. If you decide to look for other career opportunity, then start looking around and prepare yourself for it.