Many of us are very worried about the rate of career growth in their areas of specialization, especially in the modern corporate days. We may ask ourselves how we can measure our career progression, I know many will measure by improvement of payment and job promotion. However, many organizations have paper work elaboration on the importance of development, but little is experienced by the employees, since less effort is done on authentic activities.
Just as eating vegetables, career development is very important/health aspect to everyone. Is it possible to measure the rate of career progressions? Yes, by analyzing or assessing the lagging and leading indicators of a career. Lagging are those factors that change when career development is experienced while leading factors are those factors that change before a career development is realized.
In many organization there is a very low correlation between physical plans and authentic plans. Many Managers concentrate on filling forms and completing the work that they are directly accountable. The keenness of the employer on the welfare of the staff is very significant measure on how the career development is attached importance. Wellness indicators can also be used to predict the successfulness of a career, for instance how is absenteeism trend? The upward-movement of the quality in production also indicates career development is growing. When errors are down and quality is up, we may likely experience career development.
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What to do?
This is how I will challenge you to do. Try out!!
- Jot down the steps you like your career to take.
- Think critically on the activities you should do to move your career move into the next step.
- Closely monitor and examine what you can measure in the above critical activities.
- Choose at least one activity to track for the next month
- In end of month re-examine what you have achieved in those activities and choose what to focus on
Choosing a set of goals and activities to zero in and come up with performance metrics to measure growth, will lead to career growth within yourself. Of course the hardest question is how can one earn promotion and how long? But of key in ensuring that you understand your work so that the person promoting can see you as qualified. However, that depends on how the person promoting sees you.
Another aspect that can really spark your growth is establishing an expansive network of contacts with senior managements such that you are able to know the organizational strategies and initiatives in time. Similarly, the sector you are working you should have contacts and network with competitor’s managers and personnel, this will assist in knowing opportunities as they arise.
Most people will appreciate that networking is very important aspect in career, but you will hear them naively dismiss it as a waste of time. If networking is important why can’t we take time at least every week to build some network with our peers?Lastly organizations should come up with regular events and conferences to social network their employees.
The writer is a passionate writer and aspiring Actuary
WHAT MATTERS MORE
WHAT MATTERS MORE
Everyone is special. We all have our uniqueness and dynamic features that distinguish us from another.
Our gender, color, tribe, religion, and race makes up our personalities and differentiates us from the other.
Our personality is defined by the brand we carry, the value we possess and the reputation we command.
God has created us Beautiful and unique but we are all still the same creatures created and preciously orchestrated by him.
Despite our differences, nature has a way of packing us in one box and making our camaraderie palpable.
We all get nourished by the pale yellow sun that emerges peacefully at dawn. We feel the wrath of the fierce sun at sunset and enjoy its invigorating essence at dusk. We all get blown away by the inertia of stillness that splurges at twilight accompanied by natures choristers enchanting in an organized symphony far beyond the range of consciousness.
We all love to watch the moon as it amazingly travels around the horizon with the stars perched around the galaxy like a chandelier. We all love and want to be loved. We all get emasculated from the changing tempos of life and get energized when we stumble on windfall success to crown our effort.
There are thousand and one ways that nature brings us together, meaning that God idea is unity and not division. Hence the capacity some of us have built, the torrent flowing knowledge we have acquired and the affluence we have gathered along the aisles of togetherness should not disassociate us from each other in as much as we all still fly on natures wings, we’re still the same.
Let us not understand our differences but let’s forget them and move ahead as comrades in the battle with the behemoth called LIFE and defeat him together. Whether old, young, male, female, fair, dark, big or small, peace is the only answer to the myriads of question forming in our minds. Let the peace serum be inserted into our daunted soul to douse our palpable tension.
All that matters is not what you have become but who you really are.
THE NOAH’S ARK
THE NOAH’S ARK
To many of us, Noah’s ark arouses a lot of thoughts in our minds and especially to the Christians. We all believe the only lesson learned in this story is being obedient to God but that’s not all there is to the story.
Looking back and I pondered on this story I realized that there is a lesson we are all missing in it. The question we have all refused to ask ourselves is ‘HOW DID THE SNAIL GET INTO THE ARK?’ the snail by its nature is a very slow and sluggish animal but it eventually entered the ARK that some humans could not enter.
This must sound a note of warning to us all. Don’t ever think your progress is too slow. The one step you take now is a step closer to your dreams. You can never be too late for the success pitch. No matter how slow your going might be, what matters is that You are moving, you are not where you used to be. The steps you take each day gets you an inch closer to your goals.
Never give up on yourself. You are making progress believe me, dear, Once your will to never quit becomes stronger each and everyday ; your dreams would never quit on you. Quitters are COWARDS.
When you are running your race at your own pace, you are liable to get better results. A lot of people who thought their progress is too slow and had to run the way others do end up frustrated. You are who you are. There’s no replica and it’s just you in this race.
Don’t be pressured by other people’s success. Look at yourself, be motivated to operate at your own best level. While on the success track there are going to be ups and downs, emptiness, depression, failures name it; what matters is that you never drop your baton. In Olympic games, it does not matter who comes last, whoever crosses the line as a runner will be celebrated.
This same logic applies to success. It is not about getting there before others, it is about you fulfilling your destinies here on earth at your appointed time. Be encouraged today if the snail could make it into the ARK then you can make it to your goals in life!!!
THE POWER OF THOUGHTS
THE POWER OF THOUGHTS.