I had a question from a recent post-secondary graduate. He had obtained an entry-level position in his chosen field and wanted some advice about how to kick-start his career.
- Get help from a certified career development professional, if you need assistance with identifying your career goals, creating and or managing a career plan.
- Commit your career goals to paper, this process helps make them real.
- Create a timeline to achieve your goals including the specific steps for each time period.
- Re-visit your career goals periodically, every 3, 6 or 12 months to assess how you are doing.
- Identify any weaknesses you may possess. Knowing what areas you struggle with will enable you to put supports in place to successfully achieve your goals.
- Be a continuous learner, take the initiative to look both inside and outside your organization for skill building opportunities. Be willing to invest in yourself - time and money to enhance your skills.
- Build relationships with other professionals in your field to share information, resources, and industry trends. Join professional associations and groups, find a mentor.
Career development is defined as " the lifelong process of managing: learning; work; leisure; and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future."
November 12 -16th is National Career Development Week. A good time to create and or reflect upon your career plan. By engaging in and taking responsibility for your own career development, you can achieve your goals!
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