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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a young professional is interested in growing their career, but doesn’t know how to start. The good thing is that, regardless of the field that you choose, there are fundamental skills that are necessary to help you find success.

Some of these skills that hiring managers are looking for include problem solving, strong communication, and quantitative skills. Not only that, they want candidates that excel in strategic planning and leadership.

But how can you grow yourself professionally to meet those demands?

Learn to Lead

There are a few organizations out there that prioritize professional development, but they are few and far between. This means you will likely be unprepared to take on a leadership role. As a matter of fact, a whopping 87 percent of new managers feel ill-equipped when put into a position to lead.

One of the most common ways to learn about being a leader is to observe both the good and bad leaders that are in your very own organization. There are also formal leadership training programs, but those can be both expensive and time-consuming.

There are also online courses for things such as leadership principles, management essentials, and developing as a leader. These can all help in your quest to develop as a leader.

Improve on That Liberal Arts Education

Only 12 percent of all college graduates majored in business. That means you need to consider learning the language of business. When you have a better understanding of vital business concepts, you will likely feel more confident when both applying and interviewing for jobs. 

Taking online courses from a business school can help you in areas such as economics for managers, financial accounting, and business analytics. These are essential skills to have in the business world that not everyone comes equipped with.

There are other steps that you can take to better benefit your career path and grow into a role that more befits your desired path. Be flexible and be willing to learn and you can go a long way.