Career Development is Founded on Personal Development
Fundamental to career development is personal development. By this I mean developing self-awareness and self-confidence, together with a rounded approach to life. This allows you to enhance the quality of your life as well as realizing your aspirations at work.
The first step towards self-development is to open your mind to possibilities and be willing to explore and try new things.
Personal development is mind opening
Mind opening is one of things that make gap years so successful in helping young people to mature. Even though it can be quite devastating for Mum and Dad when the son or daughter who returns seems to have changed so much.
Some people are lucky enough to spend time on a long sabbatical later in their careers. For most of us that is not an option. Despite that you can make a choice to find out and experience new things in you everyday life as it now. And that will aid your own personal development.
Suppose you make a resolution now to do something new and different each day. This could be as simple as taking a new route to work. It just needs to be something new.
If you really wanted to get full benefit from your experiences you will begin to reflect and record what you did, how you felt about it and what you got from it.
Think about it! There could be all kinds of new possibilities – what could the weekend bring?
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link