Career Development: ‘Springboard’ your Career

Living in the extremely competitive job market one often wonders how much he has to improve himself to stay afloat in the arena and how can he find ways to move up the ladder in his career? Here are a few pointers to help you:

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Don’t stop, continue learning:

One of the best things that a person can do for his career development is to never stop learning. “Learning is life-long process” may seem to you a high-school cliché that your teacher used to say, well guess what? He was absolutely right. Expand your skill sets that are the crux of it. People who wish to enhance his skills attends workshops or trainings, some would take new classes and earn certifications. If you don’t like to travel, it’s not a problem take distance learning programs, the online course offering by top universities like MIT, Harvard and Berkley will springboard your career in no time. This step helps not only professionals but also people who have endured long spells of unemployment; continuing education provides a necessary springboard towards development of their careers. Trainings and seminars are then necessary for career development.  “You need to look toward the future and think about where you can go from here,” Dr. Kirwan Rockefeller of University of California-Irvine Extension, advises job seekers. Besides it can also provide opportunities for job-seeker to make connections and overcome their lack of engagement. Always remember, an employer loves an up-to-date employee.

Personal branding:

Personal Branding is kind of in the buzz today. And it’s in for a reason, many people have relied upon personal branding as a tool for career development and many more are doing so. Branding yourself means you have to view yourself as marketing product, this is particularly useful for job-seekers and for those who have decided to make that ‘big leap’ in their career. Ask yourself these questions what’s your deliverable? What is your unique promise of value? What makes you so unique that if you were in a room full of your competitors that you would stand head and shoulders above the rest of them?

Internet is filled with numerous examples of people using social media, making personal websites and blogs to project themselves and successfully so. According to Erik Qualman, author of Social Media Revolution “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media; the question is how well we DO it.”

Employee-Mentor relationship:

Today, a mentor is a role model, teacher and coach, helping a protégé navigates the twists and turns of their own career journey and no more a fabled Greek adventurer as in ancient times. A good employee-mentor relationship brings worlds of good in one’s career development. Life coaching has shown to improve job satisfaction and retention of employees not only in the first few months but also years into the job.  Taking risks and guiding through failures and success, helps the protégé to build a promising career, which in turn can benefit the organization as he can become mentor and have his own protégés and the cycle continues.

So whether it be through continuous learning or through personal branding that you achieve your career goals, the important thing is getting there and living your dreams.

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