Your career development is solely your responsibility. You get to develop the skills you want. You get to apply for the roles that you can use those skills and develop more. You get to seek out mentors and accountability partners who can help you achieve your goals.
Now, sometimes it may feel like our development is someone else’s responsibility. There are influencers and decision-makers that are needed to get you that next role, title, promotion, or pay increase. There are mentors and managers that will give you insight into areas of improvement or give you opportunities to stretch yourself. But sometimes, we give all these other people too much power in our career development. You do not need permission or an invitation to grow. Remember they are team members in your development, you are the team lead on this! Build relationships in your career, learn from others, and get advice. Work with your manager and HR team to see what’s available. Some companies do tuition reimbursement, will send you to conferences and events, or have subscriptions to Harvard Business Review or Lynda.com.
What is the most important skill for you to develop this year? Here are some thought starters.
Leadership Skills: Who is a leader that you admire? What leadership skills do they have that you want to emulate? Think big and create an action plan to develop these skills! Keep yourself in check. At the end of each week, set aside 15 minutes for a reflection. Celebrate the successes from the week and replay when you fell short.
Team/Relationship Skills: Most of us work in teams at work. Even if you don’t work directly in teams, other people contribute to your success. How can you improve your teamwork? How are you currently perceived in team settings, and more importantly, how do you want to be perceived?
Technical Skills: Is there a software you want to master? Does your boss have a task that you don’t understand but want to learn? As a business owner, do you wish you were better at P&Ls, insurance, or marketing? What are some technical skills future-you needs?
If you are ready to commit to your career development, it may be time to hire a career coach! Reach out to me for a free 15-minute introductory call to learn more about coaching.