Managing your career to a growth path is essential if you expect to gain maximum success and happiness from the hours you invest in work.
Career growth process can be fostered through goals that you set as an individual to get you where you want to be in your field or job. You are likely going to work 40 hours a week for your entire adult life, and by managing your career effectively, you can make the best of those 40 hours. Read the following tips on how to grow your career.
Build a solid network
Relationships are an essential part of your personal and professional life. Whether it’s with your current or former employer, building a solid foundation of professional connections is critical. Clients, peers, and subordinates, in addition to your management team, can all validate the quality of your work. Thoughtfully build your network and continue to learn from every level.
Make LinkedIn work for you. If you haven’t already, create your LinkedIn profile, add your skills and contributions to beef up your profile. Endorse your colleagues and request their endorsement. A nod from your peers, or a positive review from a previous client, speaks volumes on LinkedIn.
Reframe failure as an opportunity to learn
Spanx founder Sara Blakely famously grew up with a father who asked her and her brother at dinner, “How did you fail today?” And Virgin founder Richard Branson failed in business numerous times, yet managed to prevail. These entrepreneurs understood that their ability to adapt to failures was vital and that a failure was only a mistake if you failed to learn.
There is no growth in your comfort zone. To achieve personal and professional development, you must take risks even if that means you might fail. By adopting a growth mindset, you view every interaction, every project, and yes, every failure as a chance to get better. And by reframing failure as an opportunity to learn and an ingredient of success rather than a negative alternative you’ll adjust your mindset to a more positive one where you see failure as a necessity.
Create a strategy
Have you developed a plan to grow your career? “No plan, no progress” is the phrase to remember.
Where do you want to position yourself in the future? What new skills will you have to master to even qualify for that upcoming promotion? Who is your competition? Does your boss support you looking for greater opportunities? Are you prepared to move to another department or even another employer? Who in the organization can lend a supporting hand? Who can provide good advice on your position of interest?
Understand the trends and future information on your industry. An important component of strategy is to have an uncluttered desk. Disarray is a detraction and can destroy your image of efficiency and effectiveness. Read, research and build relationships: The 3 R’s work.
Pair complaints with solutions
Bosses are used to having employees complain to them, but no one wants to be known as the employee who does nothing but complain. You’ll be more respected and feel more empowered if you can suggest a couple of ways to fix what’s frustrating you.
“When you identify a problem, instead of coming to me to report the problem, try to come with the problem and your proposed solution,” says Paul McHardy, Technology Specialist at USDISH. “Nothing makes a boss’s job easier than when their people are proactive in providing solutions to issues. It helps the decision-making process of what to do much easier, and you earn major bonus points for being the one to solve it.”