You Found a Job. And now?
Congratulations! You now have work and everything is fine! You can rest, relax and enjoy a long career full of success. If that’s what you think, you are wrong!
Nowadays, if you want to reach your full potential, you must manage your proactive career, your first day of work, until you retire.
You Develop Throughout Your Career
To help high level throughout your career, you must actively seek opportunities for personal and professional development. Several paths are open to you to achieve your development goals, but the first step is to establish a personal development plan.
Establish a Personal Development Plan
You can use several methods to establish your personal development plan. Write where you want to be in one year, five years, ten years and fifteen years. What skills will you need to achieve these goals? What knowledge do you need to acquire? What skills will you need to develop? Know what you’ll need to be in the future, you can begin to transform you into that person today.
One of the most important keys to personal and career development is to build a network. Why? First, because professional contacts can be especially helpful to stay made of trends and developments in your industry; these things that will have an impact on you and your career progression. It is difficult to control everything that will affect your career, but having a network you can rely on, you will be aware of the information that matters to you.
Second, because the time when people worked for one employer until the end of their careers are over. Today, most people know that they will work for several companies during their careers, without it bothering them. This is partly due to the fact that career progression, in the true sense of the term, is based on the search for new challenges. At some point, you may find that your job does not give you more challenge or satisfies you more; especially if you occupy the same position for several years. If your employer does not wish to, or can not adapt your role in it gives you new challenges, it is perhaps time to start exploring new opportunities outside your company. If you have established a network of people who have the same mindset as you, it’s much easier to find the position that allows you to pursue your goals of personal growth. In fact, if you have a good network, it is jobs that could find you, rather than the reverse![/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Training”]The need for training does not stop when you graduate. Instead, you must constantly seek training opportunities. They allow you to keep your skills current, ensuring you can continue to help your company and your team to progress throughout your career.
Start by clearly tell your manager and your team members in the company you want to learn. Let them know that you would appreciate any opportunity to learn, they may have. If you want to learn something specific, do not be afraid to ask. Be perceived in your company as someone who constantly wants to learn is a good thing!
Follow formal training, whether in the classroom or online. If your company has a progressive view of the formation, it could have a budget to take over, completely or partially, if it is related to your work. If your company does not have such a program, it does not matter. There are many events and training programs and personal development throughout Canada; and they are not all expensive. Some are even free!
Although that interacting with an expert is valuable, it may be that you find the most convenient way to learn the things you are interested in is through the Internet. Want to learn more about selling? Type “sales training” on YouTube. You need to share best practices in talent management? Do a quick search on Google and you will get dozens of blogs and webinars dedicated to this subject.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Mentoring and Reverse Mentoring”]Over the centuries, many people among those who have been most successful have attributed their success to their mentors; the person who guided their progress during their formative years. You also should have a mentor. A good mentor can be of any industry, at any position, and at any stage of his career. If your company has no established program, how to meet a mentor? You can meet a potential mentor in developing your network.
For example, saying something that attracts attention and conversation from there. Or you can decide to interest a particular person; For example, a business executive you admire, or the manager of another division, or a person completely different profile. In most cases, you can join this online person, per email. Meet us, and explain why you chose it and ask if she could give you fifteen minutes to discuss over coffee or over the phone. Use this time to ask him questions about his career and the decisions it has taken. Discover how she became the person she is today. In the contact from time to time, you could turn this into foreign real model and mentor; and he might be investing in your development and is interested in influencing your progress.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Professional Associations”]As your career progresses, you may need to increase your level of influence to take more responsibility to generate better business. It may be time to join a professional association. When subscribing, you instantly increase your credibility and can enhance how you are perceived. To go even further, consider volunteering in an association or professional group. Suggest, for example, to plan or manage a major event for the group, or trying to get a point guard.[/td_block_text_with_title]
Your career is in your hands Depending on who you are and your goals in terms of progression, you can follow all the suggestions above, or only some, or none. The important thing is that you understand that you are responsible for yourself and your career is in your own hands.