Personal Development for Career Success and Lifestyle Happiness
Work hours comprise a large proportion of your day. It’s no surprise if you’re unhappy at work; it quickly impacts your home life. A sure fire way to improve your results, progress and happiness at work (and therefore your home life) is to commit to a lifestyle of personal development.
Work related personal development encompasses a wide range of training options. You can improve your industry skills, gain higher professional qualifications and develop personal skills to fast-track your career performance.
Creating your own personal development plan is a great way to stay motivated at work. You’ll feel a greater sense of achievement, be rewarded for your progress and gain deeper lifestyle satisfaction from your career. Let’s take a closer look at available options for career oriented personal development.
Networking groups offer a fantastic opportunity for you to establish industry contacts, stay up to date with current information and improve your overall interpersonal and communication skills. Work-related conversation with people who share your interests can be edifying and inspiring. Networking groups are also a good place to find a mentor, bounce ideas off peers and generally request, share and receive advice.
Industry-Specific Training Courses
Most employers allocate a budget towards staff training. Make sure you’re not overlooked. Grow your industry-specific skills and qualifications whenever the opportunity arises. Industry-specific courses often relate to the following areas:
- Health and safety
- Research and development
- Equipment training
- Software training
- Refresher courses
- Strategy and implementation
There are also a variety of courses to help you stay on top of current issues in your industry. These may cover new technology breakthroughs, industry developments, changes in legal guidelines or updates in standard procedures. By keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date, you keep yourself highly employable.
Put your hand up for new training courses. If you discover a course you know will give you skills benefitting your employer, ask them to pay for the training.
By defining clear career goals and selecting training aligned with those goals, you’ll gradually prepare yourself for promotion in your industry.
Continued Tertiary Education
Whether you add additional units to an existing degree, or pursue and entirely new field of study, tertiary qualifications are always well regarded amongst employers. Internet technology makes it easy to further your tertiary education part time while working full time. Why not explore the wide variety of university degrees and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) courses available through online study portals? Improving your qualifications gives you a greater chance of attaining higher salaried employment.
Personal Development Courses
Certain personal skills greatly improve your ability to perform well at work. An abundance of specially designed courses are available at your leisure. If you’re unable to receive personal development training through your employer, it’s a wise investment to pay for your own training. You can take weekend, evening or online courses to fit your schedule. Every kind of training, from short, half-day courses to extended certificate programs are available. Why not consider a course in one of the following?
- Public speaking
- Speed reading
- Time management
- Stress management
- Creative thinking
Improving these skills will benefit you across all aspects of your life. Not only will you get better results at work, you’ll be able to transfer many of these broad-based skills into your personal life and relationships.
You might be surprised at how relevant spiritual development is to your career goals. When your work activity is well aligned with your spiritual beliefs, you’ll feel happier at work. A holistic approach to spirituality that unites your core beliefs, career goals and daily outlook can bring greater happiness, productivity and progress to your work life.
Personal Development as a Lifestyle
For career minded people, work life and personal life are closely intertwined. For example, you might bring work home with you but spend leisure hours at the company gym. Or perhaps you spend your weekends attending work-related training but enjoy socialising with colleagues on Friday afternoons. It’s this merging of work and lifestyle activities that makes it so important to seek career satisfaction through personal development.
Personal development as an integral component of your career plan generates success. It adds to your financial health, daily wellbeing and overall happiness. Decide to take training courses, participate in networking groups or study at university. Whatever you choose, pursue personal development and you’ll be rewarded with greater success.
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