Growth comes in various forms. An individual can choose to grow in various ways be it professionally or personally. Whichever way you choose to develop yourself depends on you and the goals you want to achieve. As a professional in your field you want to be able to develop yourself. Before embarking on a professional development you need to set your goals on what you want to achieve. Are they a long or short term goals? What do you aim to achieve? Why do you want to achieve such goals? To what purpose are those goals? These are the questions to ask yourself.

Here Are Ways To Develop Yourself Professionally 

LEARN ON THE JOB

While working, ensure you learn everything you need to know from the job. On the job is the best way to learn and have piratical knowledge in your field.  This will give you the opportunity to grow above your job designation or title. You don’t have to limit yourself to what you’re supposed to do; always make room for improvement. It all boils down to prioritizing. If you are able to plan your time wisely then you should have spare time to learn a few things outside your scope of work. READ: How To Be Exceptional at Your Job

 

TAKE A COURSE

There are various courses one can enroll in depending on your interest. There are courses on time management, project management, business management etc.; you can take a course that is related to your work or you can choose to diversify. Knowledge never gets lost and it may come in handy one day. You can register for a part time course if you’re very busy or take courses online. Online courses give you the liberty to learn at your own pace.

 

TAKE ACTION

Many people read courses and don’t put it into good use. It’s very easy to read up something, pass an exam and get a certificate but what about putting it into practice? If you take a course in Public Relations and go through all the stages and are awarded a certificate, that certificate will remain useless if you do not practice what you have learnt. Look for a good PR firm and intern or volunteer so that you can learn the basics of how real it is. The same goes for anything you learn. If it remains fallow or dormant, it will simply die.

 

HONE YOUR SKILLS

We were all born with various talents and gifting. Finding out what they are is one step, honing those skills is another step. If you do not work on improving the skills you have, over time they will die. You can learn more skills in addition to what you already have.

 

DEVELOP A READING HABIT

The holy book says “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” You cannot give what you do not have so learn to read. Read books on personal grooming, read books outside your scope or field, read wide in order to be knowledgeable on a wide range of topics. By so doing, you are developing your intellect as well as your psyche. Ensure you read about everything in your industry and in other discipline.

 

NETWORKING

Networking is the best way to meet professional. Make a list of people you know that would be a great value in enhancing your profession and find a way to get in contact with them. You can attend conferences, seminars, become an active member of your professional organisation and any event that gives room for networking. You also need to keep update with news and issue relevant to your industry.

 

FIND A MENTOR

If you find it difficult aligning yourself to your goals and achieving them then maybe you need professional help. You need to seek professional advice from someone with a lot of experience in your field or industry. You can also get a mentor someone that can you guidance through your professional advancement.

“Know who you are, and be it. Know what you want, and go out and get it!”
― Carroll Bryant

READ: How To Maintain a Good Work Life Balance

 

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