• Lindi Engelbrecht

5 steps to develop your career & not just search for a new job;

For many job seekers, career development usually looks a little something like this: search for job, land job, learn job, figure out how to make a career out of job. But you don’t have to wait until you’ve landed a position to start developing your career. Career development is a life-long journey and each job is a stop along the way, getting you closer to your ultimate dream.

The journey to finding the right career will undoubtedly be different for everyone, and there is no prescribed roadmap. However, these five steps are helpful reminders as you move along a path that combines your career aspirations with your personal passions.

5 Strategies to develop your career with passion

Disrupt yourself to get to the next level. Apply the power of disruptive innovation to grow your own career. Take the right risks and play to your distinctive strenghts, while simultaneously embracing constraints. You will battle entitlement, need to step back to grow and might even fail, but eventually, your strategy will emerge.

Tend your Personal Brand. Whether you know it or not, you are building your personal brand every day, through your actions, ideas and even emails. Be intentional about the brand called You. Personal Brands should be important to everyone. Personal Brands are not only for the entrepreneur that owns their own business. It is the secret sauce that can make you stand out of a stack of profiles. If you don't develop your own personal brand, others will do it for you. Developing your personal brand is the proactive way of controlling your career development and how you are perceived in the marketplace.

Proactively manage your career. Create a gap analysis to map a path to your dream job. To do this, research the requirements for your ideal position, identify which of those requirements are missing from your skill set and come up with a plan for filling those gaps.

Invest in Life-long Learning. Billionaire Investor Warren Buffet says the very best investment you can make is one that "you can't beat," can't be taxed on and not even inflation can takeaway from you. "Ultimately, there's one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in Yourself. The best way to invest in yourself is by a life's mission to never stop learning. Our world is changing around us in such a frantic pace that if you do not continue to grow and develop; you will soon be left behind. In the 21st century, we all need to be lifelong learners. We need to continually keep our skills sharp and up to date so that we have an edge in all we do

Developing a career Vision Statement. This will help bring your ideal career into focus. Unlike a career "Mission Statement", which puts the focus on where you are currently; a career "Vision Statement" helps you to create a mental image of yourself in the career you really want - the career that will bring you fulfilment and joy. Your vision is a "picture" of what you aspire to, and what inspires you, in your work life.

Finding a career that fits with your passions is not something most people achieve immediately, and will not have a concrete beginning or end. In fact, most people consider it a lifelong journey. Along the way, you will encounter new ways to incorporate your passions throughout the course of your career, both from your colleagues and friends, and from yourself as you are tested in a variety of positions. Moreover, you will grow as well, so be open to developing a new perspective, because you never know where it will take you.