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BLOG – Naily Makangu: Driving your career forward

by Dr Donata Iandolo

The workshop led by Naily Makangu on 16th October 2018, led us through a series of questions one should ask him/herself when undertaking changes in ones’ career. The leitmotif has been: How much are you prepared to pay, How much are you prepared to invest in yourself to get the career you want? How much are you prepared to invest to diversify your skill set in order to get to where you want to be?

The route to a new career or your self-improvement pathway starts with self-discovery. Important questions to ask yourself are: Who am I? What makes me tick? What motivates me? What do I want to achieve? What is my ideal career?
For a person to get to what can be defined as “Career discovery” it is necessary for him or her to pass by “self-discovery”. Self-discovery takes not only the evaluation of your own strength and weaknesses but also your blind spots.

A powerful tool to this is personality profiling [1]. When deciding whether there is need for change in your career trajectory, Naily suggested to step back, sit down and analyse your own performance and ideas for the future. Ask yourself what could have been done better or in a different way. This is an exercise that could be taken monthly in order to have a better idea of where we stand. When in doubt, Nailly asks herself: which are the compelling reasons to stay in or leave this specific job? It is indeed of uttermost importance to find the questions that help you understand yourself.

Certainly, these are steps that can be facilitated by having someone on your side. This can be a mentor, a coach or a counsellor. Perform a gap analysis between where you are and where you want to be in the future. Write a shopping list of the characteristics that your new job, promotions or venture should have. A further key suggestion is to be proactive in finding the opportunities that can help you shape your own profile. Volunteer your way to the top. This is Naily’s strategy to harness volunteering experiences that can contribute to your professional profile, together with time management,

Further suggestions are to go to Meet up events as a way to train your confidence, network or take courses for training assertiveness. Definitely be proactive and creative to develop skills: Take courses, take part in Leadership action programs [2], Public speaking, Train the trainer, Leadership academy and many other effective programmes out there.

1. Insights –
Myers Brigg – read more….
2. Vitae: Leadership in Action – read more on Vitae’s training programme….

3. An example of Cambridge Networks Train the Trainer course – read more…. 

Further reading material: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey


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