Recently, watching the movie "Joe vs. the Volcano," I was reminded of the way many people start their workday. They plod through life, show up, and put in the required hours, but do not feel passionate about what they do or know why they are even doing it.
Guess What? It is possible to have an exciting career, and you can take control of your life to ensure this happens. The following are ideas to help you bring your goals, dreams, and plans to fruition:
Second, develop a joint written plan. It should address the skills and educational requirements necessary to advance in your position. Discuss a realistic timeline to achieve your next steps. Create a schedule to meet with your supervisor periodically, for example quarterly, to review your goals and progress. Ask for regular feedback on your performance, both overall performance as well as targeted feedback on specific projects and assignments. Receiving periodic verbal feedback from your manager will help you understand both your strengths and areas needing improvement. Managers often don't think to give feedback. It is up to you to make sure that you receive it before your annual performance appraisal is due!
If organizational changes occur and you find yourself working for a new manager, make it a point to meet and share the development plan you already have in place. You want the input and buy-in of your new manager in order to continue along a growth path. Incorporate the new manager's ideas and input into your plan. You have basically developed a simple form of contracting and you have taken charge of the process!
Learn and practice communication skills that include careful listening, understanding another's perspective, and expressing yourself clearly and assertively without offending others. Consider the wealth of knowledge you can learn from colleagues by partnering and the synergy created while working in teams on projects. Your co-workers "are" your friends, teachers, and mentors.
Learn different jobs in the organization. Accomplish this by offering to provide back-up for a colleague going on vacation. You will have the opportunity to cross-train and broaden your skill base. Remember that the skills you develop become a part of you. This will position you as a marketable commodity within your own organization, as well as make you more competitive in the marketplace when seeking employment elsewhere.
By incorporating the ideas discussed here, you will be taking important steps to help ensure a promising future, and you will be spending your days enjoying your vocation, rather than just showing up for a job! Once you have determined to move forward with determination, dedication, and passion for your work, everybody you meet will share your vision. You will stand out as a shining star in the crowd!
Take the Next Step:
-Dont be in Denial. If you feel that your job maybe at risk, have a contingency plan.
-Take action today, so you will be better off tomorrow. For instance: Find a New Job , Get Additional Training, and Pay Off Debts.
-How secure is your job? Modern statistics allows a calculation using key variables to give you a Scientific Evaluation. Get your free evaluation now.
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