Personal, Professional and Career Development
Working within important organization in the Middle East is career move that puts my career goal on track. According to Martin (2010, Forbes), the good thing of working in a large organization is it allows employees to work on various departments or positions, thereby giving employees opportunities to learn and acquire experience. This is so true with my decision to hand on my application to the organization I am working with. With the size of the organization, I was assigned to do various task responsibilities that create a technical and experiential flexibility in me. This is significant because it puts me into a position of knowledge of the business operation as a preparatory for my future managerial goals.
In the same manner, side from the experiential knowledge brought by my work position, I was also ushered into a better career development with my decision in enrolling myself in the MBA program. While I had great experience and position in the organization, I needed additional knowledge on how to become an effective leader, manager or executive. With this MBA program, I embarked into a journey of being the manager and just a simple employee of the organization. I was opened to the arena or the world of the management and the administration.
As a person, being in a large organization is motivating and challenging. While I am a flexible person who can work on whatever tasks given, I also understand that in a large organization, I am only competing with myself but with others as well. In this regard, I had to exert extra effort to be effective in my tasks and to stand out. This may sound overly competitive, but this is the reality of the large organization. As much as my end goal is to become a manager, I need to climb the organizational ladder, and I can only do that by being the best of myself and stand out among my colleagues. And it’s worth it because of my position now.
In fact, to maintain my edge, I got myself into the MBA program. I am interested in managing an organization, in directing its course of action and bringing in my ideas into the overall operations of the business. As much as this interest me, I need to get the knowledge on how to accomplish this. As noted earlier, determination and focus on the end goal help to achieve goals in life. Determination and focus on the interest must be properly guided with the career plan.
As far as I understood this, quality career decisions are anchored on keeping track with the end goal and in utilizing the advantages of the moment. Looking at this perspective, it is important to keep being focused. Several people failed in life because they have several goals and objectives in their career path. I believe in the need of having a singular goal in life. In making quality decision, this singular goal in life will make a strong guidepost. Otherwise, plurality of goals may only dilute goals and objectives.
While I believe in the need of having a competitive advantage, I believe too much of it should go away. With a mature look of career development, this should not be fueled by the goal of being rival with other people. I need to become ineffective manager, I need to get this thing out to ensure that my decisions are sound and grounded on proper rational rather than on emotional attachments.
Evaluating my actions and the course direction of my career, I can say that I have stayed in the path to achieve my end goals. In terms of learning, both the academic and experiential knowledge have been beneficial in keeping me adept and abreast with the demand of my future career goal. In fact, I can connect some of the experiential knowledge that I had with the academic learning that I acquired with the MBA course I am enrolled. With the aid of the combination of theory and practice, I can say that my learning goals are starting to take shape as part of my preparation for better opportunities in the future. This is a good start to turn the direction toward becoming an executive and authority of the industry.
Now with the learning goals achieved, I am ready to take tasks that are purely managerial and administrative. In a sense, everything is starting to take shape because I am more equipped with knowledge and experience for the job. If I am going to divide my career development agenda, it is easy to create objectives. Mainly, the first division of the agenda is to acquire enough knowledge, and second to use this knowledge to become effective in the work area. The final phase of the career agenda is to excel in the managerial area and become effective in this area as the ladder to become an authority in the business industry. Through achievement of the learning goals, it is easier to become effective in the work area to achieve the end goals.
The learning goals and the work experience are two aspects of being a leader. In becoming a manager or an executive, it is necessary to translate goals and objectives into actions through facts and information. This could only be achieved if I get enough knowledge and experience. It would be impossible to lead or manage people in the workplace if I don’t have the knowledge of the business, or how employees behave. This means that in order for one to become effective in a supervisory or managerial job, it is important to get enough knowledge and skills, which could be understood with the aid of experience. No manager becomes effective if there is no enough knowledge – both academic and experiential – to guide the person.
In working with my colleagues, I was able to understand the difficulty of achieving career goals. Yes, in creating a life plan or a career path, there are difficulties to take, especially those driven by personal attitude, values, and behavior. My perspective on how people in the organization behave is driven by the thought of competition. Because of this, I look at workmates with the desire to rival with them. With this, I must build interpersonal relationships that are not driven by this desire. Instead, I need to build relationship with people that are beneficial because I aim to become an effective executive and manager in the future. In this regard, I will be able to make proper problem solving that will create sound decision making process.
On – 01 Jun, 2017 By xxxxx