Figuring out how to develop your career is a tricky thing. However, deciding the industry or job you want to advance in is a great start. It’s important to think ahead in this process to ensure that you meet your goals.
Improve your performance
To progress beyond your current position, you need to be at the top of your game in your existing role. Think of your career progress as a ladder, you need to improve every step of the way in order to work your way up.
To do this, you need to assess your skills and pin point areas of your work that you find difficult to perfect. If you’re unsure on this, you could ask your manager for a performance review or a one-to- one catch up. During the review, they would be able to help you assess which skills and areas you could improve on.
Look for guidance
Seek advice from others who are in positions that you aspire to reach. They can tell you about their past mistakes or specific hurdles they had to cross to get to their current position. During this process, remember that it can be difficult to receive feedback and critique from others, but it’s important that you take it on board in a positive way.
This can help you work to your best potential and propel your career forward. Especially as it will look favorably in your manager’s eyes when there’s a possible promotion on the line. After all, they will be looking for a candidate who shows enthusiasm and dedication to improve when considering who they should put forward.
Update your knowledge
Technology is constantly changing and for workers this means you have to adapt be a forever student. Employers will be looking for new skills and experience that they didn’t need before to meet the demands of the industry. To develop your career you need to stay on the ball with what the latest skills and knowledge are in your chosen profession.
You can do this by looking up job postings for the type of roles you aspire to progress into. Analyze the skills and experience that they ask for. Then ask yourself, what knowledge do you need to advance to this level?
Make a plan
It’s easy to get side-tracked and lose focus of your goal when life gets in the way. So, having a career plan is a great way to stay focused on what you want to achieve. You should aim to plan the next two to five years of your progress. Make sure you include smaller milestones to meet on the way to help keep you motivated. Otherwise, your goal may seem out of reach.
To help make you career plan you need to set goals that are ‘SMART’, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. So first, set a clear and precise goal. Then set criteria to monitor your progress. This goal needs to be attainable and relevant to what you want to achieve in the end. Finally, decide on a set time frame that you will achieve it by.
Make sure you set a variety of short-term and long-term goals in this way. And don’t forget to refer back to it regularly to assess your progress and update your targets.
Follow the steps above to ensure that you’re working towards your career goals. Remember to take on board all feedback from others as constructive and use it to focus on self-improvement. And most importantly, make sure you regularly assess where you’re at in your progress to ensure success.
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