Staking claim to your own career growth and development can be an intimidating task. It’s not always easy to know which step to take or how to learn best business practices, but once these skills are mastered, can help set you up for lasting success.
For many people, career growth is defined as enjoying their career, working hard, moving up, making great money and then retiring, but circumstances don’t always play out like that. It is up to us to figure out how to properly guide ourselves to career growth. Additionally, it’s up to us to further define career growth as career fulfillment – to love what we do so much that its success benefits are a mere side dish to our passion.
Here are 5 Tips for Owning Your Career Growth and Fulfillment:
- Make life easier for your boss.
This may sound like an exasperating task, but we must rid ourselves of the “that’s not my job” mentality. Making life easier for your boss shows two things; (a) you understand the aspects of their job, therefore you can do their job, and (b) you will start to receive higher level projects and (if you do things the right way) you will be able to delegate minuscule to make room for the increased level of your responsibilities.
- Bring a SOLUTION with the problem.
If there is a problem, bring some kind of solution. One of the most unproductive ways to speak with your boss is to constantly ask them questions about how you should do your job. The best thing you can do is ask for guidance instead of an answer. I have found it helpful to propose an issue and a solution to the issue, then I follow up with an open-ended questions like, “What do you think?” This shows you have already thought of an answer and you just want to confirm next steps.
- Don’t ask for permission – ask for forgiveness.
It is easy to feel like you don’t want to cause issues or step on anyone’s toes at work. However, if you spend your entire life doing only what people ask you to do, you may not move up to where you want to be. It’s so much easier to take smart action. Call that executive and tell them your idea. Take on that big scary project. Take a stab at improving your client relationships. Bring that idea to your product manager with a detailed plan of action. Whatever it may be, when it is all said and done, you will feel better after you have tried. You’ll also realize the repercussions aren’t all that bad when the actions you took were thought out and well planned.
- Understand your customer’s needs.
It is imperative that you fully understand your customers and their needs. You must know what they need and how to fulfill those needs. Do they need better customer service? Do they need their product shipped faster? Do they need more detailed metrics? The sooner you get to really know and understand your customer, the happier you and the customer will be.
- Take on a project, move it forward and finish it.
Don’t wait around for someone to bring you a project. Take the initiative to create projects that will improve the company, lead the project, and deliver real results.
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