The Importance of Career Development Part 1

by careermanagement1

As an employee in an organization, it’s important to be proactive about your growth and career development. This does not necessarily mean leaving your company for a different job. Career development from within an organization can be even more important than just trying to find a “better job” somewhere else. This is true for a number of reasons – benefits, job security, personal development and more. Unfortunately, many companies do not know how to handle their employees’ career development. And many employees aren’t proactive in their personal and professional development.

The best approach to take is to identify your own strengths in your current position and use them to extrapolate. Find out how you can use your skill set to move throughout the company onto bigger and better things.  If your company has a human resources department be sure to check with them on any opportunities that exist for growth. Some organizations may outsource to human resource consultants and get them to develop career development programs. Work with these groups to help you identify your strengths and paths of opportunity within the organization.

It’s especially important to be proactive about your career and personal development when you’re with an organization that isn’t actively engaged in such a process. It may not be the case that your employer doesn’t care about employee growth. They just may not have had an opportunity or the resources required to implement such a program. Take an opportunity to meet with your supervisor and talk about your future goals and how you can work within the company to achieve them. This will not only help in your development, but also in the impression you leave with your bosses. They will see that you’re trying to be actively engaged with their company and that you truly care about the business. Any good employer will see this and return the favor by engaging with you and keeping your goals in mind.

The importance of personal and career development cannot be understated. There are too many workers out there who are unhappy with their jobs and their life path. When you have something you’re working towards, however, the mundane becomes more tolerable, and to an extent, enjoyable. You have a set of goals you are working towards and you have a sense of purpose. This leads to a happier, more fulfilling life. Inevitably, some employees may experience resistance when trying to develop themselves more. The trick is to educate the employer about why your career development is important to their bottom line. Career development leads to more engaged employees, and more engaged employees are more productive employees. Increases in productivity lead to increases in production, revenue and profits. When you position this in a context an employer can relate to, they’ll want to follow through. And that is how you can take charge of your personal career development. Learn more about career development at