Take Control of Your Professional FutureSeptember 7, 2010
By Michael Palmer
Many organizations today say that one of their core values is their commitment to the pursuit of lifelong learning and personal development. To that end, these companies say that they emphasize helping individual growth to reach full potential.
Nowadays, I would suggest that your career growth is up to you. You need to take control of your professional future and make sure that you are progressing down the right career path. Here are several proven strategies to help you get started:
· Talk to
your boss. Understand what your boss
thinks it will take for you to move to the next level-what skills you need to
meet the company's goals. Share your own career goals to ensure that your
dreams match what your boss thinks you can achieve. What often derails careers
is that you and management have a very different take on your ability to move
to the next level.
· Keep learning. Continually acquire new knowledge. Stay on top of trends or developments in your field by seeking out educational opportunities. If there is a cost associated with your learning goals, share your desires with your boss who will most likely help you find a way to achieve your goals. Make sure that your current résumé reflects those needed skills.
· Build your reputation. In marketing especially, your reputation is the most valuable thing you own. Those who have the ability/knowledge to help others accomplish their sales goals and objectives will be continually sought out. Find out what makes your customers buy from your organization, and then help others use that insight to build more effective programs.
Need help? As an ANA member you can turn to the ANA School of Marketing. We offer both free and paid training opportunities-take advantage of the benefits of your association membership. Find out more today!
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