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At a time of economic turbulence, during which the job market has crashed to a halt, the thought of changing direction in your life, career, and development can be overwhelming.
But whether you’re looking to the short or long term, to get ahead in your current role, snag yourself a sweeter deal elsewhere, or even find your feet in a completely different career path, the time, money, and effort you invest in yourself is not just a feather in your cap for the here and now, but a future-proof asset that will have a long-lasting impact.
So if you’re ready to take the plunge, then check out these three great suggestions for pushing the boundaries of your personal development and professional growth to cultivate fulfillment in your career and beyond.
Ways to Nurture Professional Growth
1. Set a Goal
If you’re reading this article, you may well know exactly where you want to be.
But not everyone has that certainty, and if you’re still deciding what move is right for you, that’s just fine!
Still, any journey is easier once you know where you’re going, so set a destination in your developmental GPS and start finding the way!
Start small in your ambitions. It helps in your professional growth a lot. Even something that will make your current position easier and more enjoyable – whether it’s mastering a specific task, improving your understanding of certain processes, or even picking up soft skills like communication or time management – is a valuable way to help you get more out of your career and will prevent that feeling of boredom and stagnation many of us experience in our working lives.
2. Stand Out From The Crowd
When it comes to performing well at work, sometimes you feel as though you’d be better off blending in, getting your head down, and just getting the job done, right?
Well, not necessarily. In fact, challenging existing systems in the workplace and learning to present your own ideas in a collaborative and productive way will not only boost your confidence but prove your worth to those around you, helping you to get noticed.
Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or are undergoing the application process for a new role, employers can sense hesitation and insecurity in a candidate – in the same way, they can spot leadership potential a mile off.
Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out and be a little daring.
3. Take risks
Sometimes, it’s simply too tempting to write off options as soon as we discover they’re on the table as we deem them simply too high maintenance, challenging, or risky to even contemplate.
This is why so many of us delay lifelong aspirations such as switching our career path or going back to school – we feel there is simply too much at stake.
But with the shifting climate, its possible these plans are more accessible than they have ever been – remote study with ARU Distance Learning has made education possible for professionals balancing their career and growth, whilst its more common than ever before for individuals across industries to up sticks and leave for a seemingly unrelated trade.
These three tips could be the key to pushing your career growth that extra mile.