What Does Career Development Mean to You?
It’s National Career Development Month. And, as we approach the season of resolutions and annual reviews, it’s a great time to note where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go in your career.
Each year, I review options for career development, such as pursuing learning opportunities, mentorship/coaching, and new professional relationships. Use the following as a guide to evaluate your goals for the upcoming year.
Continuous education is an essential part of career and personal growth; however, any choices should balance time, cost, and return on investment. In other words, don’t spend time or money on something that isn’t going to move you further in your career. Spending $20k on a master’s degree in an unrelated field may not be the best use of your resources. When seeking guidance on learning opportunities, start by:
Reviewing next-level job requirements at your current employer or target companies
Surveying profiles of peers in goal roles to determine needed certifications, training, or degrees
Conducting informational interviews with people in target roles
MENTORSHIP OR COACHING RESOURCES
According to a study by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), “An overwhelming majority of Americans (85%) said that professional assistance is important. Both Millennials (89%) and Boomers (80%) said that career services professionals provide valuable assistance. College graduates were slightly more likely to agree than those with a high school diploma or less (89% vs. 82%). And a majority of Americans (58%) regret not having worked with a career service professional in the past.”
Perhaps 2022 is the year you’ll take the step to find a mentor or career coach. Below are resources to guide your research:
We all know that professional networks are critical for career development; however, making these relationships a priority can be complicated when balancing life and work. Many of my clients didn’t prioritize networking until they lost their job – a less than ideal time to make or renew connections. Save yourself the trouble of scrambling for a strong network when you’re unemployed or making a change and consider:
As a certified career coach, Hillary guides extraordinary people and their personal brands. She’s a career solutionista that helps clients discover their unique worth to find new employment, pivot industries, or move toward cause-oriented work. When Hillary’s not busy coaching amazing people, she rides bikes, learns about wine, cooks for friends, and travels globally with her family. Find out more and sign up for her newsletter at www.careersolutionista.com.