I am of a firm opinion that responsibility for your personal and professional development lies squarely on your own shoulder. It does not matter what situation you are in, use these tips to keep sharp:
- Meet with two former coworker each month: Talk about your industry and where it is headed. This will keep you tapped into the community.
- Have one major learning experience each quarter: If your work is not giving you the necessary challenges, seek out other opportunities.Volunteer for a nonprofit venture, attend a conference, or take a class.
- Give yourself a performance review: Reflect on your growth and performance, whether through a formal process or otherwise. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and what you should focus on in the coming year.