There are a few things you might want to think about when you are looking into developing as a professional. There are a lot of things that are considered best practices when going about this, but there is little agreement about what should be done. Here are is a collection of things that are often considered the best way to move toward better development in the workplace.
Write out a self evaluation. This should include your strengths, weaknesses, what you love, what you hate, hard skills, soft skills, and any trainings that you have successfully completed This is one place where you need to remember not to discount the soft skills. Many people do, but they are essential as you move up the corporate ladder. You aren’t expected to be good at everything at this stage, however you are expected to be honest about what you aren’t good at. This list is only between you and yourself, and doesn’t need to be shared. This also means that the only person who is going to see it is going to know if you are lying.
Next thing you will want to do is look at what sort of professional development seminars are happening in your area soon. Match these up with some of the skills on your list and see if there are any you can attend so that you can start working on those skills. In the meantime identify any books, teachers in your company, or anything else that you can learn from. If you mentor under someone in your same company you may be able to get in on some of their meetings and learn from those who have already climbed the ladder.
Keep up on the corporate news. Not the gossip, but the news about the company, and about the industry. Know what clients you have and what you are doing for them. Use any piece of knowledge you can find and incorporate it into your growing body. Using these methods you will be able to grow both your business network, and your skill sets. This will make it easier for you to develop as a professional.
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