|Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM|
Check your competencies on a regular basis. Most of the time you are so busy working, doing this, finish projects, meeting deadlines......
Before you know it, a year has gone by and you've spent so much time fire-fighting that you haven't had a moment to look at your own professional development.
Stop and make an inventory of the competencies you are lacking and that would really help you to do your work better, or even progress in your career.
It may be as simple as mastering the new software packages that have been introduced in your company and which you are using at a bare minimum of their functionality, or it could a bigger challenge, such as learning a new language that will help you advance to a more interesting job.
Once you've made a list of the new competencies you need to acquire and the ones you need to improve on.
Once you've completed the list of your learning needs, make your own learning plan. Determine your learning objectives, when you will do it, what resources you need, and finally establish an action plan to get you going.
Employers sometimes have good training programmes, but if you sit back and wait on them to provide you with the learning opportunities you need, you may be waiting for a long time. Training budgets are constantly being reduced and besides, the course you are dreaming of may not be available in the company training programme.
After all, improving yourself for your career progression is your responsibility, and no one can work it better than you!
Make sure you get support from a close friend or family member to encourage and reward you in your learning efforts!