A career is the sum of all one’s work efforts during a specific period of time, including a lifetime. Added to one’s work, a career also incorporates one’s life learning experiences. Traditionally, a career covers one field of industry, although one can have several careers over a lifetime.
When was the last time you took a seminar? Attended a conference in your field? Discussed your career events on your social networking sites? When was the last time you invested in your financial and career future?
A career needs to be nurtured if you intend to rise up the leadership ladder. You must do more than just go to your job every day. Even if your job doesn’t pay for a class or conference, if it will improve your exposure or teach you something you don’t already know, you should attend. There are benefits to doing this:
- Add classes taken to your resume for future reference.
- Bring up classes and conferences attended
- Help your boss notice you are interested in your career
- What you learn will give you an advantage over your peers
In addition to career enrichment, meeting new people in your field will give you perspective. It allows you to engage in the exchange of ideas and discuss new progress in the industry. It will allow you to see whether or not you are going in the right direction. You will make friends who understand and appreciate your passion.
At your next performance evaluation, discuss your career activities above going to work every day. It could help you when you apply for an advanced position at your company.