How do you keep track of your personal/professional growth?
A few things that come to my mind that show “growth”
Since I started working I’ve wanted to not get stuck into one language/industry (Not being forced into using Windows/Outlook/MS) - So far I haven’t gotten out of that world, and would like to change that sooner or later.
One of the things I’ve been missing from previous jobs is the lack of feedback or reviews. I’ve never had scheduled reviews, standard raises, or yearly/quarterly bonuses (only sales receive such things). I feel that if these happen it would be a little more easy to gauge “growth” even if only monetarily.
Education wise it’s easier to measure growth using tests/projects/etc on the way towards an end goal (a degree or a job search usually). For me, after school I have really missed the school atmosphere and all that comes with it. The issue with education is that more education doesn’t necessarily mean a monetary gain (even if you enjoy it and feel that it made you grow)
Switching jobs to learn a new skillset is maybe a decent way to force yourself to grow. In my case, I was supposed to pick up a few new skills at my new job, but we recently abandoned those efforts. Much of the learning has become stagnant and I feel like that has to change soon. Some things off the top of my head that are currently not happening:
Sorry for the partial rant, but those are some of the things that get in the way of measuring growth, so I’m curious how others might manages that.