Intentional Career Growth

Have you ever wondered what real practical actions you can take to nurture your career in the right direction? One useful and helpful way is to take an honest self-assessment of your personality and determine the extent it contributes to building or slowing down your career growth and success. Self-assessment (shining light into self-blind spots) is a great way to steer yourself forward as you will get a concrete and objective review of yourself.

The best way to undertake self-assessment is by using personality assessment tests. Personality assessment tests are designed in such a way that they will provide an objective view of all your weaknesses and strengths. Through this review, you will be able to know what areas you need to strengthen and what areas you need to improve.

Personality assessment tests will help you nature your skills as you will be able to identify relevant and not so relevant skills that will help you grow your career. With this assessment, you will not undertake a course because it is popular or your peers are taking it but you will make your decisions based on the assessment test results.

For example, you may choose to be a speaker in conference to grow your presentation, confidence and networking skills. Enroll in mountain climbing lessons to build your exploration skills, fire your inspiration as you push past some of your deepest fears of heights and uncertainty. Run a marathon to improve your confidence, self-discipline and resilience skills. Learn to play piano to increase your ability to enjoy music. Take a financial course to grow your skills in budgeting, approach a mentor in your industry to challenge you into taking more risks and responsibilities in your career etc.

No matter what stage you are in your career, taking intentional steps to grow your strengths and minimize weaknesses often described as opportunities for development are sure ways of growing a career to achieve the highest levels of excellence and enjoyment possible.

After all, you only live once; why not give it your all? You never know what can happen, you might surprise yourself too with the possibilities.

Article was written by Winrose Mwangi, a Certified Psychometric Assessor with the British Psychological Society, Psychological Training Centre. Winrose is the Head of HR consultancy at Flexi Personnel Kenya.

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