Nobody wants to stay in the same place, at the same income, doing the same work. It does not matter if you're a 16 year old bag boy at the local grocery store or an executive at a large multi-national corporation, everyone wants to move ahead in their career. The problem many people face is not that they do not have the proper credentials or skills to move ahead, they just do not know how they can do it.
Personal care development is a simple, yet long term process. As with everything else in life it's impossible to see results in one day but if you're willing to put in the effort the rewards will be worth it. The process of career development requires a person to have discipline and set goals, but not only set them, you need to aim to achieve them as well. When you commit yourself to personal care development and maintain a strong discipline you'll be able to leverage your time and money and eventually leverage your results.
One of the biggest commitments you must make is to never stop learning, life is just one big school that never ends and neither should your professional training and development. If you have the opportunity to study something that you know will make you a more highly trained professional than you must do it. Make sure that you read up on the latest books, attend training seminars, and do not be afraid to ask professionals in your line of business for assistance and guidance. They've already been where you want to go and their advice is priceless, and many times free of charge.
You must also remember to take advantage of any opportunity your company gives you in terms of training or education. Not only will this corporate training provide you with new skills but it will also show management that you are willing to go the extra mile to succeed. One very easy tool you can immediately put into action is networking with other professionals in your industry. Not only will you be able to bounce ideas, problems, and solutions off of each other but even if you are in competitive companies if a new job opening is available you will already have a foot in the door for a higher paying job.
After you have polished up on your training and networking the absolute most critical aspect of your personal career development is not focusing on your success, it's focusing on your company's success. In the corporate environment an employee's success is the company's success and an employee's failure is the company's failure. If you ask any company what their most important asset is they will tell you it's their people.
You must ask yourself what your role in the company is, how it affects their revenue, and how you can do your part to increase that revenue. If you're in sales you need to focus on setting goals that will achieve more sales, if you're in customer service you need to set goals that will make your customers happier. If you're in team management you need to set goals that will make your team more efficient. Sometimes it may seem as if you are sacrificing your own success for the success of the company but at the end of the year every company has to look over its books. When they see that you're employee profit ratio is higher than others they will make sure to note it and pass the information along to upper management.