Career development doesn't just happen. In this TV show Kristin Intress of Worldhotels discusses taking charge of your own career.
Career development advice
I think it's always a tricky one because people ask 'How did you become successful?' and I guess that's always a definition that you have to define on your ow n, but I think that the biggest result of that is to know you're in the right place at the right time, and having the nerve to do something about it. So I think that you can only live with regrets, I've moved around in the industry and I've been in multiple verticals, and I think with every change you make, that learning curve changes the way you look at a new industry. I came from healthcare, I could apply so much knowledge in a new sector, where so often we don't move sectors and you become a little bit stagnated and not seeing things from the outside. And we can learn so much from each vertical and that's really helped me catapult within those different environments, but I think you have to know what you want, you have to decide where you're going, and create a path. And so I always had short-term, mid-term, long-term goals, and you can divert through those, but at least it's a plan. I think I run into too many people who wait for something to happen, the pizza deliver guy is probably not going to deliver what you want in the future. I often went knowing exactly what I want to accomplish at a meeting, and set a goal, and you either succeed or fail on the way, but you learn from each one. So I think, know you're in the right place at the right time and be willing to do something about it, and I think that's what a lot of people struggle to do.
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Career development might take you into a leadership position if you are ready for it. In this TV show Susan Stolte of Hotelschool, The Hague says leadership is about knowing yourself.
Career development advice for future leaders
Get to know yourself, because if you talk about leadership it's always first about knowing yourself. And get to know others, so understand with whom you talk understand the needs of of, someone, of your counterpart. Really the empathy and social skills are, I think,one of the main issues in the years to come, which they need to learn. If you also look into technology and and artificial intelligence, the counterpart really the yawn factor, so we are really, giving them that sort of development and they have that talent already because we select very carefully from the beginning. But this is one of the main things I think that that leadership is is based on knowing yourself, and having the self-confidence also to come up with new ideas, and to present them properly, and they really learn also to, to make it a sort of fun and exciting to present new ideas, which we saw yesterday with our students, I think that’s a competence you need as well, because you need to sell your ideas, also, to all kind of stakeholders.
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