One way to develop your career is to accept stretch assignments. Stretch assignments are usually slightly beyond an employee’s current responsibility, knowledge or skills level. They are opportunities for employees to learn or develop new skills, broaden their knowledge base, get exposed to another aspect of work they are not familiar with, gain expertise and enhance their experience. Here are a few reasons why stretch assignments are good for you: . 1. If you are bored, feel like you have reached a plateau in your career or your work is no more as exciting as it used to be, then a stretch assignment could bring the excitement back because they are usually challenging. . 2. Stretch assignments stretch you but make you grow (most times in a new direction) because they are out of your comfort zone. They might be challenging but a lot of valuable learning and growth takes place. . 3. A stretch assignment could mean that your boss trusts you and your abilities, sees your potential and believes in your capabilities. I like to see it as a leader showing you your potential even if you don’t see it yet. 4. Accepting assignments that are higher than your current skills and responsibilities implies that you are ready for a higher grade or role and that you are getting prepared for it by increasing your visibility, skills and experience. . Before taking up a stretch assignment, ensure that the goal of the assignment is clear to you. While on the assignment, reflect on what you are learning or the new skills you are developing and how you could use them to advance your career. Don’t forget to ask for help and clarity whenever you need it. Finally it is important to ask for feedback so you know how you are doing.