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Self-Assessment Leads to Career Ascension

06/21/2013 04:19 pm 16:19:15 | Updated Aug 21, 2013

When organizations seek to change and improve a product or service, various business assessments are applied. Organizations undergo strategic analysis to build their brand in order to compete in the market. This assessment can range from conducting a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis to etching a cause and effect diagram. Overall, the purpose of any organizational assessment is to analyze its current state to then move to a more desirable state for the future.

In my previous article, "Goal Set: Strive for Career Security", I discussed the concept of striving for career security versus merely maintaining a job. After attending a training session on how to conduct organizational assessments, I came to the conclusion it was time to self-assess and asked myself, "Professionally, where am I now and where do I want to be in the future"?

Self-assessment is critical when seeking career ascension. Based on the outcome of a strategically-executed assessment, you may find it necessary to change and/or improve skill sets to build yourself as a brand in your current career or as an entrepreneur.

As I "leaned back," I pondered the tools used in conducting an organizational SWOT analysis. I consciously asked myself, "What are my professional strengths and weaknesses? Do I consistently take advantage of professional opportunities? And, do I avoid behaviors that can potentially, threaten or tarnish my professional career?"

To put it bluntly, the truth can hurt. Therefore it maybe difficult to come to terms with the reality of a self-assessment however the benefit of gaining a clear and concise view of who and what you are working with, usually lessens the sting.

As I reflect on my professional strengths, I realized my interpersonal, organizational and leadership qualities set me on the path to career ascension. However, my inability to schedule time to build new professional development skills is a weakness that requires immediate attention.

It is important to constantly acquire new talents in order to brand yourself as an asset to any organization. In my self-assessment, I questioned whether I was taking full advantage of opportunities that allow for career ascension. I came to the conclusion that attending more networking events and professional development courses will prove beneficial to my career. I also realize that by seeking inclusion on special projects at my current organization will afford those around me an opportunity to gain a full perspective of my talents.

So, I say all of this to say, a self-assessment can do wonders in the quest for career security. As professional women, it can allow us the opportunity to change or improve our current state, which can lead to future advancement. It is essential to critically analyze who you are, where you are, and the value you bring to your organization in terms of being a leader. Leaders ascend the career ladder. Just as organizations seek continuous improvement, we must take ownership of ourselves, self-assess and continue to rise.