Why wait for someone else to provide you with an opportunity to develop your career? Here's what to do instead.
All too often employees wait for employers to provide training and career development opportunities. Employees assume their efforts will be rewarded with progression and salary increases. There is also a belief that training and development will be equally offered to all employees to fill an individual’s skills gaps.
As any employee will tell you, this is not reality. Not all employers have training programs in place. Not all employees receive the same training. Companies have a finite training budget and sometimes that budget doesn’t stretch far enough to meet the training requirements for every person on staff. And companies don’t always get it right from the employee’s perspective.
Why wait for someone else to provide you with an opportunity to develop your career? Consider this: where else in your life would you (or do you, or have you) let other people decide on the purchases and investments that directly affect your future? Why should your career be any different?
Career planning is just like setting and achieving professional and personal goals.
Here are a few things to consider.
Accept responsibility for your situation
Accepting that you are responsible for your career is the first step towards landing on the career path you want. You need to accept responsibility for choices you have made, your actions, and behaviours that have lead you to this point. Check out this article by Carol McLachlan for more info on Personal Career Responsibility.
Assess your skills and interests
Undertake an audit of your current situation. Assess your interests, skills, capabilities, and motivators and note them down. If you are not sure of some, sit with your manager or colleagues and ask them. Alternatively, click here for more info on our career services.
What are your aspirations?
Is your current job in line with your career aspirations? Many people find the work they do day to day doesn’t align with the aspirations they had when they first started in their profession. Perhaps what they are now doing is entirely different from their original profession. Of course, there are the lucky ones who are in their ideal job. To identify your aspirations, consider where you want to be in five years and then 10 years. Alternatively, you may want to consider a career assessment.
Make the change
If your current job is not in line with where you want to be, what do you need to change? It could be undertaking some management training, enrolling in a skills refresher course or getting a post-graduate qualification. Use websites like Seek Learning to look at the different careers and courses available. Your five- to10-year career aspiration could involve a move to a completely different industry!
Whatever your aspirations, by beginning to set goals, identify gaps and take appropriate action now, you can ensure you will achieve your desired outcome.
If you’d like a career assessment, get in touch with the team at Mining People International.