7 Simple Growth Strategy For A Successful Career Path | By Tunde Omotoye
Seeking to tread a successful career path?
Here’s a simple ‘career growth strategy’ to follow.
Career growth is actually very important in order to gain financial stability that puts your mind at rest.
It also helps you to fulfill your life with things you love like buying that house, taking those holiday trips, investing in that business and so on and so forth.
1- Create A Unique ‘Promotional Material.
As simple as this may seem, your resume is your promotional material. Because it contains your work history, professional affiliations and educational qualification it should be the selling tool you need to first sharpen.
There are loads of free resources online available to updating your resume. If in doubt, you can use the service of a professional resume builder.
Always remember that having a current top-notch professional-looking resume is the first step to mapping out that growth path.
2- Set Achievable Professional Goals:
If you seek rapid professional career growth, you should have a list of goals that you must work on achieving at least yearly.
These goals must align with the bigger picture of where you’d like to see yourself end eventually.
The goal for a year can be as simple as:
1. Complete a leadership training course by the end of the 1st quarter.
2. Ready to take the XYZ certification by the 2nd quarter.
3. Gain more in-depth knowledge of XYZ software/tool by the 3rd quarter.
4. Take XYZ certification by the 4th quarter.
3- A Constant Scan Of Yourself:
A scan of yourself simply involves an honest review of your strengths and weaknesses. This is a crucial strategy for professional growth as it helps you improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses every now and then.
Unless we want to continue deceiving ourselves, we know those skills that need sharpening. However, it is important to constantly develop these transferable skills:
- Critical ThinkingNote: All these are interconnected.
4- Take Advantage of Your Relationships
Sometimes in addition to what you know, it is who you know because success in any component of life is relationship-focused.
- Your Colleague
- Your Teacher
- Your Lecturer
- Your Mentor
- Your FriendMight hold the key to your next career growth.
5- Learn from OPE.
OPE (Other People’s Experience). Truth is, we all have one life and that isn’t enough for us to learn/grow from personal experience.
Reach out to that Director friend who has passed the road you are trying to travel.
- Reach out to that contact who already published a book.
- Reach out to that contact who already has that certification.
- Reach out to that contact who is a guru at using a tool you want to learn.
- Professionally discuss their experiences and learn from them.
6- Like Arya Stark, Seek A Good Coach / Mentor.
Even people we look up to that have broken world records, have had coaches/mentors at a point in their lives.
A mentor will save you time by keeping you on the right path of career growth.
- A mentor is free.
- A mentor will provide information and knowledge.
- A mentor has the experiences you can learn from.
- A mentor will offer encouragement and help keep you going.
- A mentor will find ways to stimulate your professional growth.
7- Join Professional Associations
- Become a member.
- Make friends.
- Grow your relationships within your associations.
- Get active.
- Become a leader. Your involvement will raise your credibility.
Finally, Track Your Progress
Make sure to track progress regularly because it can improve your overall career strategy.
You know self-assessment helps you realize where you stand and how far or how close you are from the goals you have set.