How Personal Development Impacts Your Career?
Aspire Learning Space
Mar 13, 2023

Personal development plays a big role in one’s career. An individual’s ability to grow as a
character ultimately impacts the way they communicate, learn, get tasks done, and solve
problems. There are certain traits and employability skills that are essential in order for one to
excel in their career, which include: self-awareness, integrity, communication, and discipline. If
one commits to developing these characteristics, they will show their value in the workplace.

4 Types of Employability Skills That Impact Your Career

1) Self-awareness

The trait of self-awareness is marked by how aware you are of your strengths and
weaknesses, and areas that need development. Part of being self-aware is
understanding the weaknesses and thinking of ways to turn them into strengths. A
self-aware employee will be open to feedback and will think of ways to implement the
feedback. They will also have the social intelligence and interpersonal abilities it takes to
be able to deal with others and allow smooth interactions when conflicts arise.

2) An integral character

This is a trait that is often overlooked by many. An employee with an integral character
will be a reliable one, because they will be known for being faithful in little things that
equip them for much bigger responsibilities. An integral employee will also be a
character that avoids creating problems that negatively impact teamwork and dynamics
between coworkers, which eventually creates a healthy work environment. An integral
person will also have a reputation and image of a faithful employee, which will prove
their credibility to being in higher positions of power. They will also be attractive and
valuable to workplaces.

3) Commitment and discipline

If a person has a hard time being disciplined and committed to things in their personal
life, chances are this will also pour into their professional life. A lack of commitment and
discipline shows a lack of professionalism and passion. An uncommitted employee will
be difficult to rely on. If an employee is known for their discipline, they will be included in
big responsibilites. Their ability to abide by rules, show up on time, finish tasks when
they’re due will set an example for others and create a determined culture in the

4) Communication

Part of having good communication skills is knowing what to say and when to say it. Not
only is it conversing, but it’s also being aware of nonverbal cues and body language.
Having good communication skills is keeping conversations a two-way street, and giving
others the space to share their ideas, opinions, and feelings. It is also ensuring that other
parties are on your same page, and that there is a mutual understanding of what needs
to be done. Miscommunications and misunderstandings can deeply impact the
relationship between coworkers and can cause a delay in tasks that need to be done.

These qualities can be acquired through reflection, intentionality, and proactivity. Taking the time
to develop in these areas will lead to significant positive changes, not only in one’s attitude but
also in one’s quality of work.

Reflection Questions

  • What employability skills do I need to develop in order to enhance my career?
  • Would my coworkers describe me as a team player?
  • How do I define integrity? What does an integral employee look like to me?

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