Most professionals begin their career with lofty goals. They imagine C-suite and director positions, or being the best in their field. However, it can be hard to get from point A to point B. Starting in an entry level job is a good way to move up. And although it is a good way to start, you should only stay there while you’re growing. You may blink and come to the realization that is’s been a whole year and you’re doing the same tasks for the same pay. This is why it’s important to have a career growth strategy.
Building a Growth Strategy
The first step in this process is understanding where you want to be. While it doesn’t need to be as complex as a 5 year plan, it should be thought through. There are a few important factors you should consider:
- Salary Level
- Certifications & Further Education
- Level of Employment
- Type of Company
Although these are only a few considerations, it’s enough to prevent falling into the same routine without any growth.
Another important part of that growth strategy is how you implement it. Ideally you will be able to tie this into your daily routine. Block out some time to read relevant industry articles, or learn something new. Blocking out a few minutes a day can make a great improvement in your skills or proficiency over time. The best part? Not only will it help you, it will also benefit your employer. Any good manager will understand that your growth allows new ideas to flow through the company. Look for a blog in the next week or two on implementing growth into your weekly routine.
The Trap of One-Dimensional Growth
It’s incredibly valuable for any professional to have a career growth strategy. However, just as important is not falling into the trap of being fixed on one aspect of growth. One great example of this is a job hopper. A job hopper is someone who switches jobs every few months in order to bump their salary. Although there are exceptions, this person typically isn’t expanding their skills or knowledge. They’re just moving from place to place to increase their salary. This is a good way to boost your salary, but the continued retraining and acclamation can stunt your growth.
Others focus on growing their skills, but never negotiate their salary to reflect that growth. It’s important to keep all these variables in pace with each other. This ensures that you remain a strong well rounded candidate. We hope this blog makes your realize the importance of developing a growth strategy for your career. Check back next week for a follow up post on how to implement this growth into your weekly routine!