by May Bleeker-Phelan, 9 Feb 2021
People often seek career development support when they are struggling with something. When you have a thorn in your foot, you look for an appropriate means to remove the thorn.
If you are dealing with any of the following, you might be interested in exploring your career development support options.
Some typical areas for development are:
- interpersonal skills
- communication (assertiveness, listening skills, presentation skills)
- stress tolerance
- motivation / perseverance
Career development can also be a hopeful choice to pre-empt future issues.
For example, if you know you may be promoted into a more senior position that requires enhanced interpersonal or leadership skills, a career development process can help you focus your development efforts in the right places.
Addressing a career opportunity before it creates a dilemma can be a very empowering and confidence-building experience. Even if a particular issue is already looming, with foresight it is possible to head some difficulties off at the pass.
Instead of working at the level of ‘solving problems’ you work more creatively by putting your energy into generating and pursuing ‘options’ that help you avoid future problems.
You gain strength by preparing yourself and knowing what attitudes and behaviours are helpful in a new or difficult situation. And you do this before the situation becomes critical and forces changes that you didn’t choose.
Begin with the end in mind. -
Stephen R. Covey
If any of the following apply to you, you may benefit from career development support:
Although one of the most important areas of our life, few of us are trained in how to manage a career.
It makes sense that when you need career advice you seek out someone who has specialist knowledge, insight and training in the career development field.
If you are looking for information in the following areas, a career assessment and consultation may be useful to you:
There are many wonderful resources online for any career question you may have, but these are often generalised. (I will add some in here in due course). A career professional will offer more personalised and lasting support that will assist you in managing and reducing any risks associated with your career.
Book a career development consultation.