We all start out with no experience and no real insight into what it is really like to work and move forward in our careers.
Some go on to achieve great results fairly quickly. Others take longer. Some get so far and get stuck.
Where do you sit on the spectrum?
When people talk to me about their career the conversation is usually all focused on external factors. Their boss, their experience, the economy, their facing not fitting, a lack of training and development, to name just a few.
Few talk about the internal factors. A big one is your attitude. Another is your self belief. A willingness to take personal responsibility is a third important factor.
Most of the people I have worked with or alongside who are successful in their career were pretty similar.
They were technically competent, were good at getting along with others, could manage or lead a team.
Equally they were willing to stretch themselves, take on challenging work (even when they felt vulnerable), get and act on feedback, learn, grow and develop.
They all (me included) recognised that they would never be the finished article and perfect. On the other hand we all knew that with the right mix of attitude, self belief and taking personal responsibility we could all move forward.
So what changes in attitude and self belief do you need to make to start progressing in your career?
Duncan Brodie helps accountants build successful careers.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.