Taking care of your career involves checking your competences on a regular basis. Most of the time you are so busy working, doing this, doing that, finish projects, meeting deadlines……
Before you know it, a year has gone by and you’ve spent so much time fire-fighting that you haven’t had a moment to look at your own professional development.
Stop and make an inventory of the competences you are lacking that would really help you to do your work better and progress in your career.
It may be as simple as mastering the new software packages that have been introduced in your company and which you are using at a bare minimum of their functionality, or it could be a bigger challenge, such as learning a new language that will help you advance to a more interesting job.
Once you’ve made a list of the new competences you need to acquire, and the ones you have but need to improve on, you can determine your own, personalized learning plan.
Write down your learning objectives, and what resources you need, for example the time, the money, contacts, travelling somewhere to take the course. Finally, establish an action plan and make sure to commit to taking the first step!
Employers sometimes offer good training , but if you sit back and wait for your boss to provide you with the learning opportunities you need, you may be waiting for a long time. Training budgets are constantly being reduced and besides, the course you are dreaming of may not be available in the company training program.
So find ways to get the training you need, inside or outside your company, even if you have to invest in it yourself. After all, improving yourself for your career progression is your responsibility and the skills you learn will be useful to you for a life time, so it’s really in your interest!
©2017 Saba Imru Mathieu, Executive Leadership Coach, Founding Partner, Leaders Today