7 Tips to Grow and Develop Your Career

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1. Perform an employee self-analysis

Have you ever had a quarterly review where you and your boss discuss your job performance? You can perform this review on own if your company doesn’t provide this or if you are looking to grow your career. Start by identifying your skills and strengths as well as your weak points and skills that need improvement. It’s helpful to be aware of your weaknesses so you know what to improve and hopefully, overcome them. Another thing to consider is what tasks and projects pique your interest and consider what industries would best utilize those skills and interests. This analysis can give you a sense of what direction to steer your career path.

2. Set goals and make a plan

With your plan in place, it is important to consider the tactics to reach your goals. One of these tactics may be to implement a professional learning and training plan for yourself. To succeed and advance in any industry, you must be actively working to grow and sharpen your skillset and work to overcome your weaknesses. Make an action plan to learn something new every day and strive to continually expand your skillset. If you’re looking to continue your workplace education, consider using a platform like Coursera or Skillshare that offer many online professional development courses.

3. Plan to grow your professional skillset

With your plan in place, it is important to consider the tactics to reach your goals. One of these tactics may be to implement a professional learning and training plan for yourself. To succeed and advance in any industry, you must be actively working to grow and sharpen your skillset and work to overcome your weaknesses. Make an action plan to learn something new every day and strive to continually expand your skillset. If you’re looking to continue your workplace education, consider using a platform like Coursera or Skillshare that offer many online professional development courses.

4. Build your network

There’s the old saying, “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”. While it is still very important to be knowledgeable about your industry and job, it is equally important to be well connected. Some great ways to connect with professionals in your industry or related ones are attending industry conferences, joining a professional association related to your field, and creating a profile on LinkedIn. Meeting and talking with people who are in the same field as you are helpful ways to gain knowledge about the industry itself as well as hear about any opportunities that may arise. The more people who know your personal brand and professional experience, the better your chances are for success.

5. Engage with you co-workers

You don’t necessarily need a ton of LinkedIn followers or connections within billion-dollar companies to have a strong network. Sometimes your best connections are the people you see on a daily basis - your coworkers. Interested in what Tom over in Finance does? Shoot him an email and ask about his day-to-day. Ever wonder what Lisa from Marketing does? Catch up with her in the break room one afternoon. Networking in different departments is a great way to learn new things and get a fresh perspective on your own work. Plus, you may find that you’re interested in what they do or discover opportunities for growth in another department at your company.

6. Learn from mistakes and stay positive and professional

It’s inevitable that you will face ups and downs throughout your career, especially when you’re just starting in a new job or industry. You will make mistakes, there’s no getting around that. It’s how you react to and learn from those mistakes that is important. Learning from mistakes is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated ways of growing your skillset. Don’t let a mistake bring you down, stay positive, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. In addition to mistakes, you are bound to face criticism from a boss or coworker. Sometimes, the feedback won’t be communicated in the most desirable way, but just like mistakes, it’s important to stay positive and learn from it. Mistakes and criticism are just learning experiences. Try not to take it personally, stay positive, and watch your career develop in time.

7. Take initiative

The last way to kick-start your career growth is to learn how to take the initiative. Employers are looking for individuals who are willing to think outside the box and bring fresh, new ideas to the table. Learn how to think as a team player, not an employee, and do more than you require.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, start new projects, pitch new solutions, and create new opportunities for the business.

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