Career Development

7 Tips to Improve Your Career Development

Not everybody loves school, (I kind of hated it.) but everyone enjoys learning something new. A desire to keep learning is one half of staying viable in your career path. The other half is an ability to plan for success. In an article for the Balance, Susan M. Heathfield shares several insights that cater to both ends of this formula.

Tips to Grow in Your Career

  1. Everything begins with goals. Define your career goals, for right now and for the future. This becomes the foundation for everything else.
  2. Develop a timeline and anticipated milestones with regard to hitting those career goals. And do not keep it a secret—tell your boss and/or others, so that they might be able to help you along your course. Superiors and mentors might even help you craft your goals and your timeline.
  3. If your company has corporate learning or career development programs, take advantage of them.
  4. Determine what skills, in the short and long terms, are required to ascend to the long-term position you have in mind. Then make plans for when and how you will develop those individual skills.
  5. Ask for brief informational meetings with individual colleagues and managers, to receive their input on what career paths are available to you.
  6. Volunteer to do difficult and complex work, especially regarding organizational challenges that you yourself have identified. This proactive desire to locate and solve business problems will make you attractive in the eyes of the business, and completing that challenging work will likewise strengthen your business skills.

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute, is the source of these tips, and here is one more she shares:

Consult the Human Resources department to learn about career development and job opportunities such as tuition reimbursement for a college degree or certification, in-house technical or professional training courses and available job openings. Take advantage of available opportunities. Maintain your momentum and commit to continuous skill building and improvement. By planning your career strategy, you are increasing your chances of staying employable and achieving your long-term career goals.

For a few more tips, you can view the original article here:

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