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Taking your career to the next level and thriving.

By Kerri Robinson, Middlesex Savings Bank, NEFMA Board Member

Do you have career dreams and aspirations? Are you ready to level-up but don’t know where to start? Growing in your career takes ambition. Today, I will give you my advice on how to advance in your career.

Ready? Let’s go!

• Schedule time with your manager to discuss development. Discuss what the next level of your role looks like. Is there a gap between your role and the role that lies ahead? How can you fill in those gaps? Work on a development plan and take action to get there.
• Be confident. Show and prove to others that you have the necessary skills and capabilities to succeed.
• Observe others in roles above you. What traits and characteristics do they have that you aspire to? Aim to be dependable. Meet deadlines and show up to work on time. Be motivated. Show enthusiasm and share new ideas. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Be independent. Structure your time and complete your work. Show creativity. Find new solutions to old problems. Lastly, be flexible with projects. Recognize when something’s not working. Come to the project or problem with an open mind and pivot when necessary.
• Seek feedback from friends and colleagues. Approach the conversation with an open mind. It’s important to spend time actively listening while letting others do the talking.
• Network with everyone. Networking will help you develop and improve your skills, stay on top of industry trends, meet others, and gain access to resources that will help you in your career. Invite someone you respect to coffee and ask them how they got to where they are today – and then listen and ask questions.
• Never stop learning. Take advantage of all of the resources NEFMA has to offer.

When I think about taking initiative in my role today and moving towards the future, I remember this quote from Nora Roberts: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Take that leap and be the next leader to make an impact on the financial industry. I look forward to watching all of the NEFMA members flourish and thrive in their careers.