How to boost your learning agility and other career building tips

After more than a decade of market volatility, many financial services employees are being asked to do more with less. However, now is the perfect time to take an active role in assessing your career and paving a path forward.

We recently hosted a webinar focused on career planning with experts from Capital Group, manager of the American Funds family, The Coaching Project and Jackowitz & Company. Here are tips on how to increase your learning agility, what to expect from a career coach, and how to make yourself more marketable when applying for a new job.

CareerDevelopmentWebinar_picWhat is Learning Agility?

Which skills do individuals need to cultivate to address the challenges inherent in today’s competitive business environment? The most important overriding skill is “learning agility,” or the ability and willingness to learn from experiences.

Research shows that greater learning agility leads to more career success. Learning-agile people are important assets as companies look to address challenges, increase sales, improve customer service and boost operational efficiency.

10 Ways to Improve Your Learning Agility

  1. Be committed to learning
  2. Read broadly
  3. Get out of your comfort zone
  4. Take risks
  5. Empathize/practice tolerance
  6. Actively seek out different perspectives/thought processes
  7. Let others shine by giving/sharing credit
  8. Practice candor about yourself, issues, and situations
  9. Be willing to work hard and make sacrifices
  10. Test your ability to handle conflict/difficult situations

Why Get a Coach?

Sometimes we all feel we’re in over our heads. That’s just one of the many reasons to seek a career coach:

  • Don’t know how others view you?
  • Want to increase your interpersonal skills?
  • Need help with career planning?
  • Need support to build your team?
  • Want guidance from someone who’s been there?

Coaching can take 6 months to over a year, depending on the goals. Regardless of the length of time or tools the coach uses (self-assessments, interviews, surveys, 360-feedback reviews), you can expect coaching to:

  • Increase awareness of your strengths and weaknesses and help build a balanced view.
  • Improve relationships with work colleagues and family members.
  • Increase confidence.
  • Develop a more clear vision of your options for growing your career.

Thinking about Applying for a New Job?

Here are five tips for making yourself more marketable in an interview:

  1. Make sure the role’s required technical skills realistically match your own.
  2. Give specific examples of your leadership skills.
  3. Demonstrate qualities that fit with the organization’s culture.
  4. Show interest by asking questions.
  5. Be positive, upbeat and intellectually honest.

NICSA members can listen FREE to the complete webinar and download the presentation through our online archives.

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