How to take charge of your career development

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It’s important to take the time to think about your career and the goals you want to achieve. To help, we’ve compiled some top tips to help take charge of your development. 

Talk to your employer

Having an open conversation with your line manager or HR department is a great place to start. They can provide you with insight into what areas you might want to develop, or offer advice if you’re not sure what direction to take. If you don’t quite feel confident talking about the subject, here are our tips for asking for development opportunities at work

Personal development plan

Where are you trying to get to? What’s your career goal? If you have an end goal in mind, you can start to build a personal development plan with the clear action points. By setting mini milestones along the way, you can make the tasks more manageable and measure your progress. To help, former Rising Star, Jem Collins, gave us great advice on how to put together a personal development plan

Build your Network

Networking can be a great way to develop your professional skills. Getting to know people in a range of organisations and roles can spark ideas and open the door to different opportunities. It’s also a great way of practising your self-presentation and social skills. Don’t forget that LinkedIn is a great online tool that can help you reach your career goals.

Seek out opportunities

Keep up to date with the news and events in your sector. This way you learn about current developments and opportunities, as well as other people’s career paths which can act as inspiration. 

Sector awards are also a great way to help you gain recognition and advance your skills. Our Rising Star Awards champion the sector’s young talent, with winners receiving funding to support their career aspirations. If you’re working in the wider print industry and aged 18-30, applications are open now.

Get in touch

If you, or someone you know needs support, or you’d like to know more about our free, confidential helpline, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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