Posted by Robert Half on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:00 | Follow me
You’re thinking about how you can advance your career, but you haven’t moved an inch toward honing your skills or developing additional ones.
You know all of the options available to you: Conferences, courses, mentoring programs and webinars. A book on some aspect of enhancing your skills has probably been lying on your desk for weeks. Even months.
Career training and development is key in your efforts to keep yourself indispensable to your current employer and increase your value in the marketplace.
Today’s the day you set your career training in motion — once and for all — so you can have the career you deserve. Here are four common excuses for not following through with your career training — and how you can overcome each:
1. You already have too much on your plate.
What’s new? Everyone has a full workload these days at work and home. Start by prioritizing your most important objectives, and make career training one of them. You can’t afford not to make time to advance your career. Eliminate tasks that distract you from getting to these key priorities.
2. You’re afraid.
In his insightful TED Talk, Professor Larry Smith talked about the many reasons people fail in their careers. Often it’s because they’re afraid to look ridiculous, afraid to try or, ironically, afraid to fail. You may be afraid that you’re not ready for a new challenge, but people are most satisfied with their jobs when they feel like they’re progressing. Don’t be afraid of improving your career and your life.
3. You can’t afford it.
Sure, classes and certifications usually cost money, but you can get creative. Your employer probably has a library of online training courses and books for free. Your firm may even reimburse you for work-related conferences and other training. Check out free books and online resources from your local library. You can also learn a lot on YouTube, and Coursera lets you take select college-level courses on their site for free.
4. You don’t know what career training you need.
Maybe you’re looking for work or dissatisfied with your current job. You may have many different career paths you could potentially take but hold back because you don’t want to go in the wrong direction. Reach out to a career counselor for help. Read blogs from professionals in your ideal field who have been in your shoes. Connect with others on LinkedIn and ask for their advice — most people love talking about what they do. Or you can work with a staffing agency to help you find your path.
What excuses are you making in your career? Let us know in the comments section.