Building career skills are essential to success in any industry that a person enters. Developing skills is an ongoing process, a journey that shouldn’t be overlooked nor underestimated. Even if a person believes that they have the ultimate skills for a career pathway, it is important to ‘top up’ on a regular occasion. For example, it is a good idea to seek new knowledge and new courses in the field to ensure that current practices are enforced.
In today’s job market it is equally important for employees to not just build on skills for a ‘job’ but for a career – a commitment that is long-term and requires a lot of dedication. Career skills will keep a person employed for a very long time as obtaining them offers a sustainable promise to an employer. If a person decides to not invest in ongoing learning, then the employer may decide to move forward in the business and seek someone new and more qualified.
To determine key skills for the role, it is imperative to have regular conversations with your boss. It may seem a little bit scary approaching your boss to discuss your skill set but it will demonstrate confidence and willingness to learn and grow within the business. These traits are impressive assets to an employer – it highlights that a person wants to stay ahead of the rest and keep up with the times. By discussing your career with your boss, you’ll be a better employee and a lasting career is likely. Make it clear that you’re there for the long term and not just to earn money.
So, what can be done?
Seek out and invest in new learning
Educate yourself as much as you can. Look into new courses and new dimensions, ways that will differentiate you from others in the same role. Take on board professional development courses to enhance any skills you already have and to also learn new professional skills that will be incredibly valuable. Understand your value to the company and to the organisation as a whole. Be aware that technology is advancing at a rapid pace which makes it even more important to stay ahead of the competition. Make small but worthy steps on a daily basis.
Initiate a career conversation with your boss
Discuss the sort of skills the employer would like you to have and then possible routes to get them. Develop yourself in a way that will offer ever-growing success for years to come. Your boss needs to be able to monitor your development so that you can reach career goals. This conversation should not just be a one-off talk, it should be an ongoing dialogue that enhances your personal and professional development.
Stay on top of technology
Monitor where your industry is going and in what direction. What really matters? There may be things that you think count and are important, but they may be insignificant. Having good communication skills is essential to being understood and moving forward. Do all that you can to learn and utilise technology to your advantage, the potential is limitless.
Keep training and put the effort in now for the next 5-10 years and you will become a seriously valued member of the workplace. You will also be in high demand across the industry so don’t stop building valuable career skills, no matter what.