Rabu, 22 September 2010

Developing Your Career to Match Personal Growth

Many people in the workforce, especially young graduates, are finding that they’re experiencing a fast rate of personal growth and change. Strengths, skill sets, ambitions, and personal goals go through stages of expansion and often leave the workplace behind. What emerges is a disparity between personal and career developments that can leave workers confused and upset about the imbalance in their lives.


While it may seem difficult to make serious changes in your career, it’s often a necessary step toward a healthy line of work that matches yourpersonal growth . These changes don’t have to mean leaving your company, and they don’t have to be drastic, but everyone needs to experience something new once in a while. A stagnant career doesn’t reflect a dynamic personal journey through life, so to equalize those two important factors, try some of these tips and tricks.

Re-Think Your Current Job Choice

Take a few minutes to ask yourself why you chose your current job. Was it just the first offer you got? Did it offer the best pay? Or did you truly make an effort to find a job that suits you? If you think about the amount of time you spend working, it starts to look pretty significant. Why not take a little extra time to make sure that you’ve gotthe best possible job for your personal needs, desires, and skills? And unless you’ve got life figured out already, those needs, desires, and skills will probably continue to evolve. Challenge yourself to keep thinking about your career and how it should change with you.

To start this process, try writing down what you want out of your job. Include your ideal hours, salary, benefits, education level, and type of work. If you’ve always wanted to go to grad school, figure out how to make it happen. Even if you think you’re through with education, keep learning about your discipline or the job you want to have. A good career keeps you learning something new every day.

Having a frustrating job that doesn’t match your ambitions won’t allow you to encourage your own personal growth, so try to get a clear picture of what you want. Next, get serious about it and research ways to make your career development dreams come true. You can start small, looking for lateral or vertical title changes within your company, but allow yourself a breath of fresh air in some way. This can help you decide what you want to do next.

Build Experience and Expertise

Now that you know what you want out of your career, start researching ways to get experience in the line of work you want to join. Even if it’s just a volunteer opportunity, any way to spend time doing what you want to do will help you reach your career goals. For every new experience that leads you toward your ideal career, update your résumé and rearrange the sections to show off your new angle. It may help to think of this effort as becoming an expert. Even though you can never stop learning about the work you do, you can become an authority on it. This can enable you to gain personal and professional credibility, which will enrich your career significantly.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She often can be found blogging about education and scholarships for college. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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