Often times, we tend to think that our companies or our bosses are responsible for ensuring our growth and success in our career since it directly reflects on their growth and success as well but the truth is; you are ultimately responsible for your career growth and success.
Having a well-resourced, empowering and exciting environment contributes a lot to your success and growth but deciding to stay in an environment that has none of these traits is a choice you make and thus get affected by it. Remember that this is your life and your career and deciding to take full ownership of it should be a priority and your constant focus.
These are the 8 ways you can take and have ownership of your career growth;
Develop the Mind-set of Career Ownership: Your mind is your greatest asset and how you use it directly influences your emotions and behaviour. Be intentional about thinking ownership of your career and its growth but accepting that you ultimately work for yourself and your actions, experiences and results are your own to make happen and to have.
Define your goals and create a plan: Define your goals and create a plan to achieve them. This could involve setting short-term and long-term goals, identifying the skills and experience you need to develop, and creating a timeline for achieving your objectives.
Seek out opportunities for growth and development: Take the initiative to seek out opportunities for growth and development within your organization or industry. This could involve taking on new projects, volunteering for committees, attending conferences, or pursuing additional education or training.
Build a network: Networking is an essential part of career development, as it allows you to connect with colleagues, mentors, and other professionals in your field. Take the time to build relationships with people who can offer guidance, support, and opportunities for advancement.
Take on challenges: Don’t shy away from taking on challenges or stepping outside of your comfort zone. Embrace new experiences and seek out opportunities to stretch your skills and abilities.
Take responsibility for your successes and failures: When things go well, take ownership of your successes and celebrate them. When things don’t go as planned, take responsibility for your failures and use them as learning opportunities to grow and improve.
Create a personal brand: Develop a strong personal brand that reflects your skills, values, and expertise. Use social media, personal websites, and other platforms to showcase your work and accomplishments.
Advocate for yourself: Finally, don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and your career. This could involve negotiating for a higher salary or better benefits, seeking out new responsibilities or promotions, or speaking up when you feel your contributions are not being recognized.
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