Are you interested in advancing your career or getting better in the field you're in and/or getting noticed for your quality of work and efforts? What I've noticed working for me are dedication, an appetite for learning and an proactive attitude.
To be honest, my appetite for learning is mostly thanks to my inquisitive and curious nature and me always wanting to know the ins and outs and the how and why of matters that have piqued my interest. But, what I also know is that not everyone has that same kind of eagerness to learn and take information in, which is a shame because they might have other traits and potential to advance in whichever field they're in.
If I look back at the jobs I've had, I can truly say that this hunger to know everything - the (work) culture, missions and visions, (work) procedures, history of departments and the company, etc. - about the organizations I've worked for have helped me to advance and/or get noticed by figure heads. Colleagues and even managers have mentioned my name to new staff, that if they want to know about something they could obtain the information from me.
I'm not saying that I know everything, but I at least know where you have to be to get the information needed. Knowing which department focusses on which tasks and sometimes even those who are longest in the company. That's where dedication comes in: reserve time in getting to know the people and the work itself. I've seen employees coming and going - who didn't put in the time and dedication to learn even the basics - which resulted in some getting bad performance reviews or getting fired.
And now bringing it all together is to have an proactive attitude. If you want to work effectively, perform well and reach your goals/tasks, it's imperative to have an proactive attitude. After you've put in the dedication in getting to know the organization and how all of the departments and procedures are tied together, you should have the experience and hopefully the knowledge of what's to come. You could then plan ahead, without waiting on instructions or at least propose solutions for possible failures you might encounter.
Now, I'm aware that not everyone has that (soft) skill, but I know it can be learned. Start small and maybe in your own home or maybe join a volunteer organization or a (social) club, where you'll learn these skills by doing. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below 🤓.
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