NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – I am all for entrepreneurship and starting your own business. But while that may be very appealing, a majority of us are not cut out for it. Does that mean that we cannot prosper while still in the line of employment? No. Tones of people are making it and continue to make it while still in employment. Which begs the question, what steps should a person take to move their career into the next level? We dug up and got the answers as below:
- First things first decide where you want to go
Once you’ve uncovered the deep rooted desire of wanting to go further in your career, you need to first take stock of where you are and map out exactly where you want to take your career. “Your first step is to figure out what you want your career to look like. What’s the end goal? Where do you expect to be next year, in five years, in 10 years? You can make all the career goals you want, but most of them are useless unless you have a clear idea of where you are going. Even if you decide to tweak your course later, it’s much easier to make those changes if you have an idea of the ending point,” says career bloggers, ReadyForZeroBlog.
- Shortlist what’s been keeping you stuck, then let go of it
Forbes writes that in order to change where you are in your career, you need to let go of the thinking, patterns and behaviours that keep you stuck. “Look at the patterns that repeat, attempt to identify how you are participating in sustaining these patterns and do something concrete to shift that dynamic. Be accountable and take action to generate change.”
- Seek out an experienced mentor
While this may sound unnecessary, it actually is not. Having a person who has been where you currently are and was able to success and they are willing to guide you means they will help you in achieve your career growth goal faster than if you did not have any guidance. “You can draw a great deal from the experience of those who have worked extensively in your industry. When you consider the increasingly competitive nature of the corporate world, the practical and actionable guidance offered by mentors can be worth its weight in gold, while the arrangement may also provide you with access to beneficial industry connections,” writes Investopedia.
- Create a personal S.W.O.T. analysis
S.W.O.T. which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is one of the steps that you take if want to grow your career. Do you possess great leadership skills and are able to mobilize people when conducting a task one of your strong points but you’re poor in keeping time? “By doing a personal SWOT analysis, you are most likely to succeed in life if you use your talents to their full extent. Similarly, you will suffer fewer problems if you know what your weaknesses are, and if you manage them so that they don’t matter in the work you do.,” writes Mindtools, a website dedicated to career growth.
Do you have additional tips on how to move your career forward? Tell us in the comments section.