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Erma Mendoza
Recruiting Associate Manager, San Antonio
December 17, 2018

5 Ways to Transform Your Career

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When is the right time to make a career transition?

To move forward, it’s often necessary to step back.

Feeling the pressure
I recently was reminded of this valuable lesson when watching my 12-year-old during his taekwondo instruction sessions. He just earned one of the top ten coveted spots on the world championship stage, and the pressure to sustain his status multiplied.

I could see the frustration and spark of defeat in his eyes. This was his third private lesson on top of daily training, and he still wasn’t getting it. It was clear that he was barely meeting expectations, and it reflected on his demeanor on the training mat.

It was time to reset.

We asked his instructor to work on some hybrid moves and mood changes. Suddenly, my son found a renewed sense of energy to keep going. His instructor saw the results.

I tend to fall into a similar trap when I’m feeling the pressure—especially when taking on a new role. Like my son, I need to reset and take a step back.

To advance personally or professionally, it’s important to embrace your strengths and weaknesses.

Here are five ways to advance your career:

  1. Know yourself. Easier said than done, but transformation really starts here. Have you ever noticed others struggle with a task that you find simple? Or vice versa. Know your strengths and find opportunities to make them shine. You’ll achieve more by using your natural abilities, and you’ll probably be more satisfied, too.

  2. Mesh your strengths. Using your natural abilities is a good place to start, but we often work on projects that expand beyond our strengths. So, if public speaking is not your thing, but you’re good at researching solutions to complex challenges, use a strength to compensate a weakness. Arm yourself with data and let the insights do the talking. Another solution is to partner with someone on your team who thrives on being in front of an audience.

  3. Know your weaknesses. Knowing your strengths doesn’t mean avoiding roles that could highlight your weaknesses—these roles stretch our abilities, helping us to grow and improve. For example, if your next dream job requires mad analytical skills, but you don’t love working with data, take an academic course that expands your skill set.

  4. Network. Keeping a ‘heads-down’ approach to your work means your conscientious, but it can also be a barrier to career advancement. If progressing your career is your aspiration, then network with others to get the support and honest feedback you need to learn and grow. Start slow within your circle of family and friends and then expand to online professional communities like LinkedIn.

  5. Transform. Transforming yourself and your career can begin with your point of view. Change the way you see your strengths and weaknesses, which involves trials and errors. Most great leaders have failed not once, but a few times. They use these “learning moments” to better understand themselves and what they’re capable of.

Transitioning your career is an exciting journey. Your strengths (and your weaknesses) will evolve and change over time. Challenge yourself to start small and do a self-check on your progress. Nurture your strengths and remember to celebrate as you accomplish your goals along the way.

Be yourself and do work that truly makes a difference. Find your fit with the Accenture team.


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