I have been a running enthusiast for the last 7 years. What I love the most is the energy it brings me every time I hit the pavement and hear the thump thump of my shoes on the ground; but it wasn’t always like this. In the beginning, running and I had a love/hate dynamic: when I couldn’t even last 5 minutes, let alone a mile, and I was always so winded. The struggles are real and if you talk to other runners they will tell you the same thing. But as they say: you have to start somewhere.
I have likened career growth to running. If you want to achieve something in life you will have to learn to pace yourself. Start somewhere and work on it consistently until it becomes a daily part of your life.
As a Career Stylist I always advise professionals to take stock on developing an area of expertise. Find what you enjoy most in the field you are in because somehow this is where your passion lies.
Let’s say you are a Mechanical Engineer for a biotech company and you enjoy the process improvement and qualifying installation, both operation and performance. I would advise you to inquire any available training within your company or request if they have the available budget for career advancement. Some companies do and some do not but if you are serious in advancing your career you will find other ways whether it’s paying for training on your own, investing on books, or asking senior people in your company to mentor you.
Remember that, like running, career advancement has a process which starts with you making the decision to want to better your craft and learn the techniques, pace yourself and then keep running no matter how hard it may seem. Starting may lead to a chance to enter a race and then get to the finish line.
Happy Monday and may this week be the start of something good for you.