Planning for a successful career

Building a successful career is more than just chance, it takes planning and strategy. Nikki Heald, Managing Director, Corptraining, shares a useful tip that should be added to any professional’s career toolkit.

As a young insurance professional, have you ever thought about developing a formal strategy that will assist you build a successful career?

Interestingly for many people, they believe that ‘working their way up’ or ‘being in the right place at the right time’ will land them their dream job. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Planning for your success is important and investing in a career strategy is critical to achieving that success. In a competitive market, this requires the ability to scope out opportunities and be actively engaged in your profession.

When formulating your strategy, there are a multitude of avenues available to young insurance professionals that will build your brand and enhance your professional visibility. Once such way is to participate in a mentoring program that will not only increase your technical knowledge, but allow you to build key, professional relationships.

Generally, the aim of mentoring is to foster, nurture and develop skills in talented individuals who will eventually be our future leaders – which is perfect for young professionals! The value gained from mentoring is such that you’re able to test your ideas and receive feedback from an industry expert who will challenge and extend your capability so as to reach the next level.

NIBA facilitates a mentoring program which has, over many years, successfully matched senior insurance experts with upcoming, emerging leaders. The program runs for approximately three months, with many mentees and mentors continuing their mentoring relationship long after the program has completed.

Mentoring is just one resource that you may consider incorporating in your career success strategy, however, there are also a multitude of other tools available to YPs.

Look out for Nikki Heald’s Career Success Strategy session at the upcoming NIBA convention which will give you ideas and practical tips on how to achieve your dream career. Register now.