Whether you work for a large international financial organization with hundreds of employees or a one-person wedding planning business, keeping yourself trained and at the top of your game is of vital importance in a world rife with competition and ever-changing best practices.
Human Resource Managers, Line Managers, CEOs and employees alike should be looking at their contribution to the company and how they can grow their skills for the benefit of both themselves and the company as a whole.
Here are some tips on how you can incorporate professional development into your personal mission statement in order to get the most out of your role, increase your contribution to the business and achieve set goals.
Keep your company's goals in mind
It is important that your company's visions and goals are always kept in mind when considering how professional development can contribute to your performance. Making sure that these goals are clearly set out means you can ask the following questions:
- What does my company need from me in order to reach these goals?
- How can professional development equip me with the skills needed to reach these goals?
- How can I incorporate professional development into my personal mission statement in order to achieve this?
Once you have identified these, you can make sure your mission statement includes aspects of professional development that you can be sure are contributing positively to the long-term achievement of your company's goals.
But keep your own goals in mind too
When exploring ways to incorporate professional development into your mission statement, it is important to consider your own personal goals as well as those of the company. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What are my personal goals?
- What skills do I need to gain in order to achieve these goals?
- What development opportunities are there that will equip me with these skills?
- How can I build these opportunities into my mission statement?
Work with your employer to develop your mission statement
Any good company will acknowledge the benefits of offering professional development to their staff and should be supportive of your plans to develop your skills.
Have an open discussion with your team manager or HR/Learning & Development Manager to determine how professional development may contribute to goal achievement for both you and the company.
Do your homework and explore the possibilities
Identifying the typical skills of people working in your type of role is great way to determine areas of improvement that you can include in your mission statement. Even if your current role may not require all of these skills, they could be integral to projects or jobs you take on in the future, or open up new opportunities within your current position.
It can be very motivating to explore where your role could take you or areas that you could specialize in. Knowing how professional development can directly contribution to the forward momentum of your career will help you to craft a mission statement that encourages your continual progress through learning and development.
Need help planning your development? Check out our professional development plan template