Grow Your Career

While doing research on “Career Growth”, I found an article with this advice: “If you want to grow in your career, you can’t be complacent,” and those words have been circulating in my head for quite some time. So often, we want to develop in our skills, get promoted, acquire the internship, etc., but we fail to put in the work on the front end.

It can be so easy to fall into complacency, which, according to yourdictionary.com, is “a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements”.  You may be sitting there thinking, “and that’s a bad thing because…?” Well, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be content with your accomplishments as long as you are progressing. The problem comes when we stop striving and stifle our career growth because we think where we are is the only place we can be.

According to an article on LinkedIn, continuous learning “forms part of your personal and professional development in an effort to avoid stagnation and reach your full potential.”  Not only is continuous learning helpful in avoiding stagnation and complacency, it helps you be the best you can be. Pursue education always and be on the lookout for seminars, conferences and trainings you can attend to help give you a better understanding of a new skill or concept.

Look at your life and be thankful. Take some time to reflect on everything you have accomplished and where you are in your career now, but don’t stop there. Visualize where you want to be and set some practical goals. Asking yourself these questions may help.

  1. Where do I want to be in 5-10 years?
  2. What do I need to get there?
  3. Who can I talk to that can answer question 2?
  4. What career development opportunities are happening on campus/in Missouri/in my hometown?
  5. What don’t I know about my industry?
  6. What could I learn about my industry that would add another dimension to my current position?
  7. What do I love learning about? How could I incorporate that into my current position?

All in all, the world is your oyster and your career growth will be what you make of it. Your future self is waiting for you!