Top Seven Tips for Career Development

imagesCareer development is about enriching your working life to reflect your changing professional and personal needs. As your career develops it is important to retain a sense of purpose that motivates and challenges you, allowing self-fulfilment and opportunities to develop and grow. The following tips are intended to help you manage your career development plan.

1. You are accountable for your own success, as such it is your responsibility to be aware of your attributes and skills that can give you a competitive edge. Commit to excelling in what comes naturally to you to develop personal mastery. For example if you are a good negotiator, look for ways to fine tune your technique by practising in every day situations both in and out of work.

2. Imagine as deeply as possible your vision for your future work reality. Then work backwards from that to determine what you need to learn or experience over the next one or two years to be seen as a highly desirable candidate to step into your next role. Thinking of the bigger picture and understanding the challenges your industry is facing will support you in identifying the right intelligence and know-how needed to accelerate your career advancement.

3. Embrace learning through experience – be open to learning and change, your talent needs to be nurtured and developed through the right experiences and this will support meaningful work. Use assignments and secondments creatively, bring your personal insights and creative abilities to each assignment. Aim to build breadth and personal depth. This is your opportunity to shine and build your personal brand.

4. Make mentoring work – build a personal advisory board who can guide your career goals. Identify your circle of influence and take time to invest in these relationships. Take responsibility through benchmarking – Benchmarking allows you to compare yourself with others, identify their comparative strengths and weaknesses and learn how to improve.

5. Demand inspirational leadership and support your manager in being innovative with leadership programmes. Identify key thought leaders in your industry – people you admire and respect for their authentic leadership, then role model their behaviours.

6. Find ways of gaining exposure to new people and ideas by being a participant in the strategic task force. Think of your networking as a professional development bootcamp. Learn to value your time and how to connect with the right people. Nurture the relationships that matter most. Give time and attention to keep the most meaningful relationships relationships active at all times.

7. Invest in your personal life to create balance and strengthen your career. Spend time with the people important to you and do the things you love to do outside of your work. This helps to clear your mind and broaden your observations through a different lens and appreciate new ideas that can help shape your thinking and contribute to your personal growth.

Organisations are finding it tougher to retain their star performers, help them to tailor your job in line with your own career development needs. Take control of your career development by ensuring you have a short term, medium term and longer term career plan. Having this plan in place will help you to focus your development wisely to have the most effective impact on your career.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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