Five easy steps to develop your dream career

Your career is in your hands.
Let your passion lead you to your goals.
At the beginning of the year, many are often overcome by that “same job, different year” feeling. But you don’t have to feel that way at all as the ability to shape your career and your future lies in your hands!

While we may want our talent recognised by others, nobody is more responsible for shaping your future, your growth and your career than you are. So don’t wait for someone else to offer you the motivation you need to grow yourself. Take charge and shape your year of growth.

The beginning of the year is critical to setting your goals for the year – you have the time, the mind space and the benefit of a fresh start to plot your 2020 path (and, if you’re smart, a few years beyond that too).

You have many ways in which growth and development is accessible to you and if you take up these opportunities, by the end of the year, you will be more knowledgeable and better equipped to move up in the organisation or even, apply for a job in an area that you have always wanted to work in.

Remaining skilled and plotting for growth

Most organisations have a budget for training and developing their employees. These are often set aside to ensure employees keep up to speed with the growing demands of their jobs such as technological enhancements, legislation and regulation changes. This is training that you have to do to fulfill your role adequately and be the best in the industry.

There is, however, also further learning and training that you can do to develop further in your role, or, to potentially plot a different path for yourself. The important thing is that when you are constantly learning, you are growing and with that, your personal and career potential is also enhanced. You have better opportunities available to you as well as better knowledge to make you the best in the industry.

Here are some easy steps to get you going:

1) Write down a list of things you would like to learn, or, a list of things you might want to study and train in.
2) Do your research in terms of institutions that you might be able to study or train through. For example, Cornerstone Performance Solutions has a host of diverse learning options for you to enhance your skills.
3) Book time with your manager and HR to discuss your learning and development goals and what is available to you through your organisation.
4) Once you have this information, create your personal development plan by agreeing your training and learning opportunities for the year with your manager. Remember that you will need to manage your time realistically to complete the courses so don’t over commit.
5) Ask your manager and HR to assist in booking these courses.

Once you have signed up, commit, learn and excel. Use what you learn in your day-to-day work and give it all you have got.

While you may be exceptional at what you do at work, remember that no job ever stays the same and nobody else will make your career a thriving one if you don’t take charge.

For more information on how Cornerstone Performance Solutions can help prepare you for the career you want, contact us on info@performancesolutions.co.za.

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