For many years, career development in the US was based on working on correcting weaknesses. This is best captured in the popular phrase: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We have seen a big shift in recent years towards a much more productive approach to career development, which focuses on using and improving strengths. This does not occur at the expense of working on areas that need to be developed. Rather, it is a focus on using strengths to “cross-train” areas of challenge/weakness.
So just what does it mean to enjoy your work? While we all have slightly different ways to measure this, there are some widely-known measures. Here’s a quick self-survey that can be very helpful in gaining some clarity. Score each…
Am I in the right job? This is a question that all of us have asked ourselves at one time or another. And it’s important for many reasons to know just how good the fit is with ourselves and our jobs. Click below for a quick self-survey that can be very helpful to get some clarity.
Score each of these items from 1-10, where 10 is the best possible:
Now that you have landed that new job, there is still some work to do in this job transition process so that you will enhance your performance and move towards your career goals. This can be a new organization or a new role in your current organization.
We all have a tendency to “take ourselves with us, wherever we go.” And this happens with work. It’s important to keep an open mind and to observe your new environment, in order to be able to distinguish what belongs to the organization and what belongs to you.
Where are you in your career? Is it time for a career development plan? Let’s assume here that you have a job and that you need to spell out some next steps as you develop yourself in your career/organization.
A Career Development Plan starts with looking at the key elements of your current situation, by means of asking yourself some specific questions. I have posted some below for you to use as a guide in this process. You may come up with some others as you work through the process.
While we all work day today, it’s important to have a longer-term personal career vision and goals. There are some good reasons for this:
- Working towards something is a natural tendency for people
- The daily grind can be less of a hassle when your focus is on a goal
- You are more likely to be successful in your career