Career Development... what's it all about?
Updated: May 19
To be good at something, you must first understand exactly 'what it is' and the steps required to move forward from where you are today. Let's take a look at what Career Development is and how you can excel at it.
Developing your career is all about understanding what your idea of success is and then making steps to realise that success. Here's how:
1. Define Your Idea of Success
Everybody has a different definition of success. Often, your career can dictate your personal circumstances such as; where you live, who you spend your time with and what you spend your time doing. You may have a material want such as buying a house or a car, so you should think about what level of salary you require to facilitate that want.
Think about the above personal circumstances / material wants and decide what type of career and salary level would make you happy. This is now your goal and it's time to think about how to make that happen.
2. Use Your Strengths
Once you know your 'success target', it's time to think about how your knowledge, skills and experience can make your success a reality.
Identify your personal strengths (check out our guide) and begin to think of ways that you can use them to realise your goal. It may help to list out your goals and put your relevant strengths against each one. This can help to identify any additional learning or experience you need.
You now have a goal and know what you can do, and could further do, to make it happen.
3. Find The Right Opportunity
Your strengths should be considered when deciding on a career / job type. If you can find an opportunity that harnesses your strengths, you may find that career progression comes a lot quicker.
Most of the time, if we are good at something, we tend to like doing it... and if you like doing it, you will probably be motivated to keep getting better which can result in career progression.
Now begin your job search for an opportunity that suits your strengths. A CV and Cover Letter that take in to account your goals and strengths can take your search to the next level. Check out our Job Search Tips for more.
4. Continuous Personal Development
Once you have secured a role, you should now reassess against your goals and outline what else you could do to progress further. It is really important to also reflect on the success of getting to where you are now - this acknowledgement can be a great motivator on the way to achieving your goals.
At this point, it's all about continually self-assessing and reviewing your performance. List out some more goals and begin to think about putting a timeline against certain goals - this can really help with your planning.
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