How to grow your career

How to Grow in Your Career

Are you new to the workforce? Or maybe you’ve been working for years? Whatever your circumstances, everyone wants to know they have a future and stay current in your roles. Nobody wants to be considered irrelevant.

In this article we will look at four ways you can keep growing, even if you have been in your role for years.

 

1. Keep Active and Alert

There’s an old expression: “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Unfortunately, this expression has often been referenced with a negative slant. However, when it comes to your career, find ways to engage yourself in your company, learn how it works, and who are the key people. This is a vital requirement to know where to focus your work based on what’s important to management.

How might you do this? Walk the halls, have lunch in the lunchroom, network with people outside your department. In developing these habits as part of your routine, just like checking email, you will see a return on the investment by having a pulse on your company and aligning yourself for future promotions. 

 

2. Build-in “Learning Time”

We all live busy lives, between home and work. When our work requires training, we make the time. A new way of working, though, involves building learning time into your schedule. Having a plan with dedicated time in your schedule to learn, whether it’s reading, listening to a podcast, having a series of courses to take. Small incremental learning builds up over time, resulting in new skills.

 

3. Bring Strategy into Your Job, Regardless of Your Title!

 

People often talk about wanting to be more strategic or intentional. But what is the biggest driver holding people back from being more strategic in their roles, even if it’s not in their job description? It’s how! People often don’t know how to be strategic. Strategy is about asking the “what” questions. What problems is my company tackling? What should I be learning next for my role? 

This may be a new way of thinking for you. One way to develop a more strategic way of thinking to get in the habit of thinking “what” questions, seek out leaders in your industry to follow on social media, read news specific to your role and Security.

When you spend time problem solving or digging deeper into industry topics, you will start to develop the skill of strategic thinking.

 

4. Look Beyond the Status Quo

From time to time, you may find yourself in a rut, following the same routine, same route each day. This may not be on purpose; it could be there merely aren’t any new projects or a lot of change taking place in your department. When you find yourself in a period like this, look outside your network. This might mean going to a meetup or professional event where you can meet another professional in the same role as you; take a course or create an opportunity for you to get involved in a community project.

If you want to fast-track your career and don’t want to take years getting ‘on-the-job’ training, the Certified Advanced Security Practitioner (C.A.S.P.) is ideal. The 75-hour self-paced learning can be done as fast or as slow as you desire; it covers 23 courses covering the most fundamental programs required for all market sectors. As a result, CASP bypasses the obstacle of multiple training programs and timelines, giving you the best education in the shortest period of time. 

Everyone wants to be in a position for promotion and development, ask yourself: “What can I do now?” Asking this question will force you outside your comfort zone and into growth zone. It’s when we are in the growth zone that we can build skills in our role, stand out to your management teams, and position yourself for a promotion.