Career growth and career development go hand in hand – a winning combination. Successful employees seek out opportunities for learning and evolution.
Career growth is about progression, upward mobility, and increase in stature or position. Career development is about enhancement or becoming better, transformation, and increase in skill or capability. Career growth focuses on what your goal is and career development focuses on how you will reach your goal.
A successful career doesn’t happen overnight. Building a successful career takes time, strategy and patience. Complacency, fear, and unfillment are a recipe for professional disaster. If you aren’t moving forward you are falling behind. If you are impatient, easily frustrated, or pessimistic a long-term successful career will escape you.
“If you want something you’ve never had you must do something you’ve never done.”
STRETCH To Build A Successful Career:
S – Service – Add value. Develop both your hard and soft skills and focus on how you can serve and contribute to the success of your company.
T – Tracking – Record your career successes and accomplishments to help you evaluate your skills, strategize your next move, update your resume and cover letter, and prepare for interviews and performance evaluations..
R – Results – Be solution focused and produce results. If you want to have a successful career you must be able to get the job done and do it well. Be willing to do work beyond your job description.
E – Enthusiasm – Enjoy the journey. Do work that you believe in and that inspires you so that you can maintain momentum and stay true to your personal values.
T – Tenacity – Be willing to work hard. There will be unexpected twists and turns on your career journey. Exercise patience, never stop learning, and stay the course. Don’t give up.
C – Communication – Good communication is essential. You must be able to get along and collaborate with your supervisor and coworkers and also share your ideas and advocate for yourself if you want to progress in your career.
H – Hope – Believe you can succeed. If you allow negativity to sink in you will bring yourself down along with those around you. Make a concerted effort to remain hopeful and positive.
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Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a travel and cupcake lover with an aptitude for authentic connection and career design. She has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has merged her Master of Social Work degree and over 20 years of diverse work experience into a thriving business. Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting helps businesses recruit and retain the best employees and helps women in mid-level management design the careers of their dreams.
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