You can’t expect your employer to do everything for you. Over recent years there has been a big shift in employers making a huge effort to help their employees achieve a healthier work/life balance and developing and nurturing talent. But it’s up to you to take ownership of your own career progression.
There are a number of things you can do to help with personal development and career progression. We have focused on the four things we feel are most important and effective...
Build your reputation
Building a positive reputation within your business is an important factor in developing your career. For example, when new opportunities open up, it will be much more likely that you will be considered for it as you are known by the key stakeholders and thought of highly.
However, it’s not just about doing a great job, it’s also about networking within your business. This will allow you to get the chance to meet and speak to people in other departments and teams. So make 2019 the year that you meet new people within your business and start building your reputation.
We live in an age where we are always switched on, which means wherever we are and wherever we go we are always online in some capacity. So work reaches us at home, on holiday and it can even eat in to time with friends and family. This is not a healthy way to live your life. So this year try switching off for a period of time every day. It’s up to you when you do it, but doing it can really help you to put some perspective on things and also help with stress, anxiety and increasing energy levels.
This doesn’t just mean switching off from work emails, this also means switching off from social media. When we say switch off we really do mean from everything digital!
Get a mentor
Speaking from experience, having a mentor was a great way to help me progress. I had a mentor for a year to help me develop ideas, to provide an expert opinion and to have someone to turn to when I needed some advice with my career and job.
Depending on the size of your business, a mentor could be in the form of a more experienced colleague but if that isn’t the case then ask your manager if they could help with providing an external mentor. Having someone to turn to and ask questions is invaluable and can really make a difference when you are looking to further your career.
Don’t just settle
If you’re in a situation where you don’t feel happy or comfortable, or maybe you don’t feel as though your business can help with developing your career, then be brave and look at new opportunities. Find a company that matches your values, that fits with your ambitions and can help you make the next step in your career. Don’t just settle, it will only make you unhappy and ultimately will get in the way of developing.
Looking for a new job in construction
If you are considering your options and want to see what opportunities are available then check out all of our latest construction jobs. Alternatively you can get in touch with us to discuss your situation in more detail and we can get to work on finding a job that matches your needs and requirements together.