Have you found yourself in the position in your career in mining that one of your coworkers who doesn’t work any harder than you do, nor is as good as you are, gets promoted before you? Or are you finding that you are stagnating in your job and feel that you are going nowhere?
For those interested in a career in mining and for those already working in the industry, it’s essential to have some form of career path planning in motion and to set achievable targets to work towards.
Waiting for somebody else to guide you, or reward you in your career may not happen, so you need to take it on yourself to ensure that you head in the right direction with your career.
Take time to really think about your talents, your skills, your interests and where your passion lies, and then start planning and working towards achieving these goals.
Always remember that you are in charge of your OWN destiny, not only in your personal life but also to a large extent in the work place.
Ensure that you always:
• Determine where you are and what you want from your current job
• Speak up when opportunity arises
• Set achievable goals, and work towards them
• Find out what training you need and go after it
• Spend time on self-discovery and recognize your strengths and weaknesses
• Think about where you feel you excel in your current job and where you don’t
• Think of ways to improve the areas you are lacking in
• Think about what type of roles excite you and that you feel you would be able to do well at
• Devise a plan to work towards these goals
• Ensure that your technical skills relevant to your job in mining are constantly being updated
Remember you need to be your own advocate, and this means you need to speak out if you feel you need more training, and don’t be afraid to ask for help in areas you feel you are lacking.
Take control of your career development and when you feel you need additional help or training, a promotion, or whatever it is that you feel is going to fast track you on career path, don’t be afraid to speak up.
Navigating your career in today’s unpredictable, competitive mining industry means being able to adapt and stay relevant. Learn to leverage your unique skills and who you are, to create a career that stays true to you, and the person you are.
Remember nobody cares about your career as much as you do, so take charge of your career, and make it happen!