Put simply, in order to develop within your chosen career there are 3 stages:
- You need to understand what your preferred career pathway will look like.
- You need to be clear about where you are now and ensure that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform your current role excellently and that you are able to harvest the learning and feedback available to you.
- You need to be able to prepare yourself for the next role – so that when a position becomes vacant you are poised appropriately.
Embarking on a Professional Development journey starts with paying attention to your current career and often this can bring a level of un-comfort as we establish that this is, perhaps, not the right career for you. You may have lost the passion that you once had for a particular job. Of course this can be disturbing and even disappointing if you find that the work you trained hard for, no longer raises your levels of enthusiasm. If this happens then the focus of the work shifts to what is now needed in order to furnish you with the appropriate skills to support your next metamorphosis.
Professional development is also ‘bigger’ than what you do just at work. Professional development incorporates personal development and personal awareness because ultimately we are developing as a person too – understanding more about how we act and inter-react with other people, or perhaps learning techniques for dealing with people. It’s a rich and varied mix.
An exciting journey, one that extends beyond the 9 to 5. If you wish to set out on this journey then Professional Development is definitely for you.
Contact me if you’d like your next step to be a positive one!