Unemployment rates in America are flirting with record lows. That means millions of people have flooded the United State’s labor market which has led to cut-throat competition amongst professionals.
With all of that corporate clutter, how can you keep yourself from getting buried in a sea of people and move up the ladder within your chosen career path?
The answer is to start taking initiative in your professional development.
You see, a huge mistake people make in corporate life is that they expect their employer to give them opportunities to develop –whether that be through stretch assignments, classes, or whatever else.
In today’s world though, the pressure is on you to take control of your career.
Below, I’m going to share with you 4 essential ways I’ve aided my professional development and how you can do the exact same thing.
1. Have a Learning Mentality
If you want to develop professionally you have to be willing to soak up everything you can. Sources of learning inspiration can be the people around you, books you read, notes you take at meetings and just about anything else.
A lot of employees get caught in this mindset of going through the motions and not taking the time to really soak up all of the great information that’s swirling around them. That mindset is what’s going to lead you to be in the exact same place you are today 10 years from now.
Start actively opening your mind up to learning and you’ll immediately see your competence grow.
2. Teach What You Learn
Hearing something may lead to you understanding it at the moment but you’ll find that understanding dissipates over time. To really solidify strides you’ve made in your professional development, you need to teach what you learn to others.
3. Get Hungry for Feedback
People’s opinions can hurt.
Being a motivational speaker with no legs, I know a thing or two about being judged. The great thing is that the more you open yourself up to judgment, the more likely you are to turn what people perceive as your negative qualities into huge positives.
So make soliciting feedback from your peers a pillar in your development plan. Use the feedback you get to make improvements on the things you can control and learn how to celebrate the things that you cant.
4. Find a Mentor
At the end of the day, nothing is more helpful to get you to the places you want to go then befriending a person that’s already there. A mentor can help you navigate all of the unique struggles you’ll face on your pathway to excellence and will sharply reduce the amount of time it takes to get there.
You can look for mentors online. You can look for mentors in your place of work or even in your family.
Just find somebody who can always give you a good perspective and who can always push your forward.
Wrapping Up 4 Tips for Professional Development Success
Given how massive today’s workforce is, it’s never been more important to be proactive. To that end, I recommend really taking to heart my suggestions above.
Each of them will help you get more information, retain it better, and more swiftly navigate towards your biggest professional development goals.
If you or your organization could use a serious inspiration boost, in case you didn’t know, I’m Nick Santo and inspiring people is what I do.
I’ve made a name for myself (quite a few names actually, “Nick no legs”, “Nick zombie guy”, “Nick Victorious” and more) helping bring perspective to people’s challenges and pushing them towards success.
Learn more about what I can do for you by learning about speaking opportunities and more.