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Personal Career Growth Strategies
There are many important considerations when creating a career development plan. You should think about your skill set, your values, and what you want to accomplish in the future.
The most important thing to remember is that this is an ongoing process, and it's not just about setting goals. It's also about staying on track so you can stay motivated and continue progressing towards those goals.
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There is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for everyone, but there are some things you can do to ensure that you’re staying on track to achieve your career goals.
Create Your Plan
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In order to create a professional development plan, you need to figure out what skills and knowledge you want to focus on and what goals you want to achieve.
To make sure that your plan is working for you, it’s important to set milestones and keep track of how well your skills are improving over time.
1. Write down your goals.
2. Create a timeline for how long you’ll need to achieve each goal.
3. Identify the skills that you need to develop in order to achieve your goals.
4. Brainstorm with others in your company and identify the type of training or development that will help you reach your goals.
5. Determine what resources you need in order to get the training or development that you want.
Furthering Your Skills and Education
To start, it’s important to think about what skill sets you want to develop and how those skills will help you achieve your career goals. Next, consider how much time and resources you would need in order to reach those goals.
The most common professional course of action is to go back to college for further studies, but this can be expensive and time-consuming. You may want to look for a school that offers online courses or online degrees. Online education provides many benefits, including convenience and affordability. You can incorporate your education into your work and family schedule and proceed at your own pace.
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Consider completing a professional development course. This is helpful if you already have some experience in a specific field. For example, if you have experience or knowledge in computer software or applications, you can begin a computer programing career by taking online professional development courses. These classes train you in how to program in different languages how to aid in website building and development. Choose from online computer programing courses, and at the end of the course, you can take an assessment to validate your skills.
Networking is a skill that takes time and effort to master. It is not easy to make new friends in your industry and it is even harder to maintain old friendships.
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1) Be proactive about reaching out to people you admire
2) Join professional groups on LinkedIn
3) Reach out to people you see on social media
4) Attend events where professionals gather
5) Introduce yourself to people who have mutual connections with your friends or colleagues
6) Use the right tools for networking, like social media, email, and phone calls
7) Keep track of who you meet and what they do so that you can remember them later
8) Follow up after an event or meeting
Joining a professional association can be beneficial for your career. It can help you build a network and make connections with people who are in the same field as you.
Some professional associations also offer free or discounted courses and workshops that can help you learn new skills and improve your career. They may also provide opportunities to attend events, conferences, and seminars, as well as job postings.
Stay on Track
It is not easy to stay on track with your career goals. You might find yourself struggling with a difficult transition or you may feel like you are not fulfilling your potential. It can be hard to stay motivated and focused when you are faced with these situations. That’s when keeping a journal or diary can be helpful. Or keep a whiteboard with your goals and timeline outlined that you can see every day to help you stay motivated.
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By having a clear goal and a carefully crafted plan on how you’ll achieve it, you can begin setting your new career path goals in motion. Furthering your education with online training and professional development will give you the tools to make your career dreams a reality. And networking with others in your field can help you find your place to grow and succeed.
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