Investing in Your Career in 2015

The holiday season is over and you are back to work again. The festive season was really good and it was nice to get together with family and friends. However it’s been a few days into the New Year and the reality of the demands of working to earn a living are beginning to set in afresh. You might have made a number of resolutions on the theme of becoming better in many spheres of your life- health, relationships, spiritual and career/business. For such resolves to be actualized, a healthy backing of planning and support is always needed.
Here are some tips on how you can make this New Year a better one in the area of your career/business:
1. Keep a positive mindset

Your mindset is the first place to start. Your firm belief that things will turn out better for you is a great pivot to rest all your efforts when drawing out your plans. The previous year might have been great. However, do not rest on your oars. This New Year could even be better if you plan towards it. You might be able to get a promotion or better status in your job.
On the other hand, the previous year might not have worked well for you career-wise. A number of things could have plummeted your work-related score: you lost your job or you were not given the promotion you thought you deserved; your performance appraisal went awry or you might be in the middle of a challenging career change. Take a deep breath and look up to a brighter side. Take time to re-cast a vision of a better success this New Year. Your season of limited success could soon be replaced with huge successes.
Whatever your situation was career-wise, take time to envision new possibilities for yourself in this New Year. Dream big. With a big dream to look forward to, you will be empowered to design action steps to get you to that new place.
2. Know your current valuations

Make a list of your current career assets and work-related tangibles. Your career assets include previous education, work experience, volunteer experience, one-off courses, specialty trainings, work portfolios, publications, relationships and network and leadership skills.
Classify them into the following categories: currently relevant and up-to-date, become dull due to lack of use- needs to be sharpened, not particularly relevant in this phase of your career or in your current line of work.
It is essential to perform this step so as to identify which areas to focus on when planning your career investment for the New Year. Just as in other investment planning, you need to know which career-related portfolios will be worthwhile to continue to invest in. You also need to know which other promising new investments to take on and which current ones to stop investing in and redeem for use in other areas.
3. Invest in diversified career portfolios

Having identified the areas of career-related portfolios to keep going in the New Year, the next strategy is to write out which specific investments you are going to put your money, time and resources towards in each area. When drawing out this plan, remember that the workplace of today and the future favors the well-rounded worker. It is therefore wise to diversify your career investment portfolios. Do not put all your eggs in one basket. If you need to sharpen a dull skill, you could schedule to take up a specific professional development course. If you need to update yourself with the current state-of the-art technology in your industry, consider attending a conference or workshop focused on your industry. For one-off learning in specific subject areas, you could take up a massive open online course (MOOC).
It is also important not to forget the ‘people side’ of the work equation. Make specific plans for investing in your network and work-related relationships. Traditional networking through meet-ups, conferences, trade shows are still very much in place as is the growing social networking you engage in through LinkedIn and other industry-specific social media.
Investing in diversified career portfolios is not only relevant for those in a current job or established position. If you are in between jobs or in the middle of a career change, you also need to invest in improving your career portfolios in the way that will better serve you in your current status. If you are a job seeker you may need to spend a lot of resources in the networking areas while the career changer will need a more diversified spread out of investments.

4. Have a good support system in place

Delineating your specific career investments goals is a good step in the right direction. However, it needs a backing of solid backing of support. Having a good support and accountability system in place will position you for success when it comes to executing the goals you have set out. Your choice of accountability partners to help you ensure you execute your goals and achieve the desired results could range from mentors, well-intentioned friends and career coaches.
In addition to being good accountability partners, working with a career or leadership coach could also provide you with professional support on designing ways of achieving specific goals such as ensuring that your performance appraisal comes out better this New Year or landing your desired promotion. Working with a leadership or executive coach could help you increase your leadership capabilities and help you become a better boss or manager. Through such avenues you could learn better ways of team management that will work better to increasing productivity and the bottom line of your company.


Tolu Adeleye, Ph.D. is a career strategist specializing in transformational coaching of emerging leaders, executives and second career seekers. She is the author of Strength to Deliver®: How to Revive and Give Birth to Your Interrupted Dreams and other books on the theme of life and career transitions. Tolu helps her clients to design portable career paths and supports them in pursuing occupational goals that result in wholesome, legacy-impacting living. For help with your career strategies visit

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Re-conceiving Your AWOL Dream through Visioning

So your big dream went AWOL- it went missing in the process of action. And for many years you have gone on doing many other things in life. But somehow that dream seem to be a strong pivot preventing you from fully enjoying your new way of life.

How do you go about re-conceiving that AWOL dream? What do you need to do so that you can get consumed by that dream afresh?  The answer to those questions  are buried in the process of visioning

Imagine yourself in that position or situation that bringing forth your dream will create.  Imagine what it will be like if you completed that college degree, have a great family relationship, or achieve financial independence. Then ask yourself what it is costing you to remain where you are today

Visioning is the ability of the mind to see beyond the ordinary; the ability to go wild with your imagination, the ability to see where you would like things to be in your life. Visioning requires a mindset that believes in seemingly impossible. Any one who is in the right frame of mind to look beyond the limits can cast a vision.

As visioning is a thing of the mind, one does not even have to have perfect eyesight to have an extraordinary vision. The story of Erik Weihenmayer demonstrates this important fact.

Erik Weihenmayer is a man with great vision. Ironically he does not have perfect eyesight. In fact, Erik is blind.

Erik never let the barrier of perfect eyesight interfere with his passion for an exciting and fulfilling life. He has performed many seemingly impossible feats, occupying many different roles. These include being a middle school teacher and wrestling coach, acrobatic skydiver, skier, marathon runner, long distance biker, ice climber and scuba diver.

Erik never let the barrier of perfect eyesight interfere with his passion for an exciting and fulfilling life. He has performed many seemingly impossible feats, occupying many different roles. These include being a middle school teacher and wrestling coach, acrobatic skydiver, skier, marathon runner, long distance biker, ice climber and scuba diver.

The extraordinary thing about Erik is the fact that he had the power of vision which was translated into an unimaginable dream.  Erik had a dream of ‘conquering’ the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. The dream required him to summit each of the seven mountains and one by one, Erik did that. On September 5, 2002, when Erik stood on top of Mt. Kosciusko in Australia, he completed his 7-year quest to climb the Seven Summits.

That is the power of visioning!

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