OK so your career development ideas may have been in winter hibernation for the last few months. But Spring is on its way and it is a great time to dust of your career growth ideas, spring clean your motivation and position yourself for success, before 2015 rolls by.
Let’s get the spring clean underway with these steps:
- Dust of your vision – having a clear compelling vision of your career future enables you to make the right decisions and choices to progress you there. Your career vision will help you to map out the steps, conquer the challenges and track your efforts and successes.
- Air your personal strengths – take some time to think about your key strengths, qualities and recent achievements. Write them down then identify 1 way you can use each strength to showcase your capability. This is in part a personal ‘regroup’ and part a motivating exercise to get yourself going again.
- Take action as an individual to profile your skills and ideas. Action one of those ideas this month, whether it be to put yourself forward or develop your network or seek a work project/opportunity or sharpen up your skills. Or perhaps you will enrol in a course, seek out a mentor or share a great idea . Whatever action works for you. Then, with one action under your belt you’ll be ready to tackle another next month.
- Shed the negative and position yourself positively. Be an enthusiast in your interactions. Don’t sit at the back or on the sidelines in meetings and group sessions not contributing. Be upbeat, positive and optimistic about your workplace, work challenges and solutions. Smile, be interested and look for opportunities to present your ideas and views. Not only will you this help develop your relationships it will strengthen your enjoyment of work and your brand.
- Say YES to opportunities. Be open and adaptable to developmental, opportunities – they may be entry points to further growth. Look for ways to turn situations into opportunities in your work and career. Consider ways to close your skill and experience gaps such as training programs, project experience or extra responsibilities you can take on .
- Get among others and seek support from peers, mentors and connections. Talk to them about your good ideas and enlist their support. Line up a coffee with a role model and learn from their experience and wisdom to elevate your performance.