DESCRIPTION: Your career is not something happening in the distance—it’s not about creating a ten-year plan and then progressing up the ladder until a certain job title is reached. Your career is happening right now, and employees are taking a shorter-tem view of career development. Instead of waiting to be satisfied by career development milestones set for the future, they want to be satisfied today and tomorrow with the work they do. And they need to be prepared for the fact that their career will likely be disrupted by change they can’t avoid or by the life choices they make. Our approach to career development centers around an approach that supports career exploration today, encourages planning for tomorrow, and anticipates the unexpected—what’s now. what’s next. what if.
- Reflect on their identity—who they are, what’s important to them, what they are good at, and what they like to do
- Explore their reputation—how others perceive them and the impact of their reputation on the work they are attracting
- Develop actions for minimizing the disconnect between identity and reputation
- Establish goals and create actions plans for career
- Think about the concept of community—how supporting others can be mutually beneficial in career and in life
- Prepare for career disruptions—unintentional or intentional—with coping strategies and concrete steps that reinforce a focus on skills and experience