In every job there are possibilities for advancement, you just need to know how to recognize them and then get the most out of them. In most workplace settings, there are two forms of development opportunities, those provided by your employer and those you create for yourself.
Opportunities for development provided by employers can include:
• Subsidizing the cost of going back to school to get a higher degree
• Providing access to career seminars
• Requiring continuing education classes
Take advantage of these opportunities for growth provided by your employer, but don’t forget to take matters into your own hands by:
• Taking on more responsibilities – asking to lead projects and teams
• Showing initiative by self-managing
• Working closely with co-workers with different areas of expertise that you can learn from
• Express interest in attending desirable meetings within your department and beyond
Next time you cringe at the thought of missing a weekend with your friends because of a weekend seminar, consider the ways you could learn from the experience – you get out what you put in when it comes to utilizing development opportunities.