Career Development

“Instead of focusing completely on your job, you should focus on managing your career – at all times, regardless of where the economy or job market happens to be” – Ford R Myers Get the Job You Want Even When No One’s Hiring

When is Career Development right for you? Always!

Career Development is an on-going process that ensures your long-term job satisfaction. Even when in the job of your dreams, you should be honing your skills and developing new ones that strengthen you as a resource in your department.

Industries are constantly evolving. Technology, operations, and information are not stagnant – and neither should you be.

Here are some tips to assist you the in process:

  • Conduct in-depth research on the industry that interests you and how to match the companies’ needs to your motivations. Use our Industry Spotlight and Career Assessment resources.
  • Conduct field research – talk to others who are where you want to be. This will help you identify the different paths of achievement.
  • Identify where you want to be and assess the feasiblity of the growth with your current employer – is there a mentorship program?
  • Network – find out what someone needs and get it to them. (This will make you invaluable – the go-to person.)

Marty Nemko, of US News & World Report, asserts that “Most people came to love their career only after they chose it and took the time to become a go-to guy or gal at it.” This idea is similar to the edict, “Dress for the Role You Want”. Become the resource the company needs and they won’t let you go.

Websites:
Video – The Art of Career Development (Havard Business Review)
Article – Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree (Sacramento State)
Article – How to Become Invaluable (Forbes)
Article – 7 Ways to Become Invaluable (Business Analyst Times)
Video – Discovering Your Strengths (Dave Crenshaw, Lynda.com)
Activity – Develop a Career Tree (Workforce Development Council)
Article – Top 16 Pieces of Career Advice (US News & World Report)

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