Career Development - Planning your next move
Updated: May 2, 2019
Career development is far more complex than choosing best-fit colleges, declaring a major, landing that first job, or celebrating promotions.
Career Development: Planning Your Next Move
by Ros Geuss, PhD., Global Career Development Facilitator and Independent Educational Consultant
Career development is far more complex than choosing best-fit colleges, declaring a major, landing that first job, or celebrating promotions. Navigating to career success requires planning as we face an increasingly interdependent, dynamic, and unpredictable global economy. It is a lifelong journey-from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood.
Give yourself permission to reinvent your career. Many of us land on a track and one day find that it is not aligned with our passions or natural skills. It’s okay to acknowledge that and begin exploring other opportunities.
Explore options and identify resources. Once you have discovered that it is time for something new, take time to assess yourself and your occupation, develop your skills, plan for the possibility of changing gears, and revisit job search strategies. Identifying resources that will help you showcase your accomplishments and strengths, close skill gaps, and renew enthusiasm and confidence during periods of transition is essential. You must learn how to use self, occupational, and market information to determine the effective strategies, techniques, and tools to manage your career and plan for your next move.
Be mindful of the bigger landscape. As the world’s social and economic landscape, or your personal circumstances change, the lens through which you envision your career may likewise change. These changes may allow you to pursue a pathway that was not previously available to you; embrace that.
If you are a ‘Generation Z’ student in high school or college, it’s time to consider life after graduation. As university costs skyrocket, purposeful planning is essential to making the most of each tuition dollar.
Research the unlimited career development activities available to you. Whether at home, in school, or in the community, opportunities abound to help you understand yourself, enhance skills, recognize your potential, and become aware of promising possibilities. Take time to research what is available, and ask questions to figure out which activities make sense.
Get some hands-on experience. Maximize your school years by engaging in some occupational exploration with hands-on work and internships. You will be amazed at what you learn about your values, passions, and how you can develop transferable skills.
Enjoy the experience of self-discovery. This is your time to explore what attitudes and competencies are critical for success, and how your skills and personality fit into the mix. You will likely feel more motivated as you discover connections between classroom learning and the real world, and enjoy increased intellectual curiosity, confidence, and enthusiasm as you assume responsibility for your own career development.
At every age, continue to pursue passions, develop skills, and gain knowledge; as you do, preferences and aspirations will reveal themselves, giving you new insights about how to build the most fulfilling future possible. Learning about yourself and occupations, acquiring knowledge and skills, making educational and vocational decisions, and securing employment is a cycle repeating itself as you encounter role transitions, new challenges, and unexpected opportunities.