While your performance and triumphs are integral to the success of your team and company, you are still the person most affected. It is up to you to take ownership of your career and make sure you're the on the right path to succeed. Reaching out to your manager for a one-on-one meeting is the first step to learning more about your current position. Here are three topics to discuss in that meeting and help put your career in perspective.
Clarify what your responsibilities are, what is expected of you and what you should focus on. What are the goals of the team and your manager? This will help you know what you should prioritize and can do to bring yourself and the team closer to reaching your goals. You will also understand more about the values of your manager and in which areas you should maximize your energy.
How efficient are you at your job and what areas do you still need to work on? What you think and what your boss see may be different. Find out how your boss believes you contribute to the team. You will learn what skill-sets you have that your boss values and skills you bring to the table. Ask what you are doing right and what you should change to ensure you are not making any mistakes that may limit your career growth. Additionally, checking your strengths and weaknesses will help you understand in what areas you need to develop.
Now that you have a better understanding of the skills that you lack, take the next step. Ask for support in getting the resources and training to learn more about what you're interested in. Include the reason why pursuing this knowledge or skill will help your boss and team reach their goals. You can also find out if there are any roles in the team that you can fill. Ask for recommendations of career growth opportunities or request additional responsibilities.
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