Keep your career moving forward

Friday September 6 2019

Focus. A journalist covering an event recently.

Focus. A journalist covering an event recently. Experts believe loving your job will make you happier. Photo by Edgar R. Batte 

By JAMES KAHONGEH

Graduate. Get a well-paying job. Get a promotion. Lead a fulfilling life. This is everyone’s desire, but is this always the outcome? According to Mbugua Mumbi, a corporate trainer and CEO of Rebranding Minds, many professionals are passionate when they start working, only to lose this zeal along the way.

From the moment you lose your enthusiasm, become detached and allow others to take charge of your growth, you start parting ways with your career progression, Mbugua says. He discusses some of the deterrents of professional advancement and how to avoid these for a fulfilling career and life.

Have a destination
It is regrettable that many professionals embark on their career journey without a clear vision of where they want to get with their career.
Knowing where you want your career to go makes it easier to work towards that goal.

You are accountable for your growth
You must realise that as a professional, your career progression is your accountability. Your employer, if employed, is not responsible for your growth. After all, they have provided you with the opportunity and infrastructure to demonstrate your worth. Even as you contribute your unique values and expertise to the company, focus on developing your personal brand. Always view yourself as a consultant.

Have a plan
You must have a strategic plan of what you hope to achieve within definite timelines. If need be, interrogate why your set goals were unachievable and then make the necessary adjustments and give it another go. Moving on after failing to attain your set targets is not the solution.

Check your attitude
Unknown to most professionals, the primary determinant of your success and happiness is your attitude. The mentality that “I am working for them” is a destructive philosophy for a professional who desires growth.When you are disconnected, you are not only blocking your growth, but are a liability to your employer as well. A massive shift of the mind is necessary to achieve professional gratification.

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Focus on earning life rather than monetary reward. Seek to offer solutions to humanity. Move from job compliance to serving with commitment.

Love your job
A 2017 Gallup Poll survey showed that a staggering 85 percent of people, including professionals, hate their jobs. They go to work not because they are excited about their jobs, but because they have to.
Research has also repeatedly shown that passionate employees with a positive mindset and self-drive are less-stressed, happier, more productive and relate well with their colleagues.

Re-evaluate your progress
If you have stayed on the same job or level for too long and are constantly struggling with burnout, it is time to re-evaluate your progress to save your career from collapse.

Adapt fast
Unlike in the past two decades, the world today is fast-paced, and requires you to be equally fast in continuously learning, unlearning and relearning as you pursue your aspirations.

Enhance your value
Enhancing value is a key factor in your professional growth. Let your career not be just about yourself. Light up other people’s lives as well. Once you understand that your calling is service to mankind and that true passion comes from a conscious and deliberate effort to enhance and transform lives, then you go beyond money as a reward. You are also inclined to take on any professional hurdles in your quest for growth.

Adapted from Daily Nation

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