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STORYBOARD your self directed career development
To help you along your way I’ve listed some of the things you can do to shape and direct your own career.
To make them easier to think about and remember I've organised them into the acronym STORYBOARD.
Self directed career development behaviours:
Sight - This is about gaining insight and a vision for yourself. Gather information about your values, interests, strengths and development. Use this insight to build a vision for yourself that speaks to the future.
Target: Identify your career goals and prioritise those what are meaningful and valuable to you.
Organise: Make plans to help you craft your career pathway, to solve career problems or make decisions
Resources: Map out the various resources available to you. Identify those you would like to develop. There are 10 resources proven to be critical for career success and each one is necessary.
Yield: be flexible and willing to try new things and new ways of getting to your goals.
Be proactive: Choose a pathway for action that increases the likelihood of achieving your goals. Develop your professional skills to stay in line with where you want to go in your career. Strengthen your job market knowledge and identify what soft skills you may need to progress into future roles (e.g. decision-making, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal skills)
Openness: Ask for and listen to feedback from trusted others. We all have blind spots. Seek out objective information to build a more accurate picture of yourself.
Affiliation: Connect with others. Build mutually supportive relationships. Consult with people who can assist you with defining and working towards your career goals. Seek ways to increase your influence or position yourself well in the career market. Increase your visibility through networking.
Review: Regularly check your progress. Ask yourself ‘what am I missing?’ Periodically re-evaluate your goals to check they are still important and valuable to you.
Determination: Ups and downs are part of life. Be prepared to stay on your chosen path despite difficulties encountered along the way.
What is a career path?
Still to come:
10 Resources Critical for Career Success