While employees can’t determine a company’s commitment to flexibility or skills development programs, they can invest in themselves and work toward a career that offers those things.
“When we begin with a goal and work with that end in mind, we don’t lose ourselves in the constant cycle of, ‘Am I making progress?’” Veloria says. “If I begin with an end in mind, I’m more targeted with where I could go next.”
This is one reason why UOPX offers a skills dashboard to students. As students develop skills in each course, they can see their progress in real time. This not only gives them the ability to share their skills with prospective employers, but it can also inspire them to keep working toward their goal. Motivation, after all, can wane in between day care drop-off, deadlines and dinner for five.
Another source of motivation? Community. From social media groups to career advisors, from friends cheering you on to your own kids watching you achieve your goals, having people in your corner can help keep you going.
“You’re not alone,” Veloria says. “Just think about one action that you could do that could bring yourself closer to that goal. Just start.”