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Goal setting works! Research shows that there is a link between goals and enhanced performance in business, health, and sports. Goals are milestones to let you inspect progress; you know where you are …

Goal setting works! Research shows that there is a link between goals and enhanced performance in business, health, and sports. Goals are milestones to let you inspect progress; you know where you are going and if you have reached your destination.

What are your career goals? Join this session to consider some things that can help you to design your career plan.

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  • Ask yourself are you willing to do what you are doing for the next 5 years with no change? What are your career plans in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 yearsAsk what makes you happy in your job, if not happy, how to change it. What is your why? Why do you do what you do? Is it in alignment with why you want to do things? - Asking why someone does things often causes folks to really think about their lives and jobs.
  • For project management, a PMP credential is required majority of the timeCredential + no experience + $4.29 = coffee at Starbucks
  • Sniff testSearching forTraditional next job.usual resume-matched-to-the-employer-formulaLife changing. honest soul-searching and really deep thought
  • PM Network Jan. 2012 contract positions. Thinking about moving between industries. Finance and health care are both regulated, but you need to traverse those waters in different ways
  • Developer looking to switch to project mgmt or development manager. Are you ok with no coding (unless on personal time)?
  • Inspect progressCheck and check often, but not too often. It is a journey, check at every assignment, is my next assignment moving me along my path?What did I learn on the last assignment/job? Is my path changing, should it change?Seek feedback, do others see the same progress as I? (great leveraging of a mentor)
  • Stay marketableImprove broad range of skills - consider learning the IT quad of cross functional skills - QA/BA/Dev/PM - gives you 4 times as many openings to choose from.You are your biggest advocate, and your work is your greatest accomplishment. Do your work with pride and feel free to let people know what you can do.Improve networking - go to networking events, consider speaking at events. Start small with local user group discussions (not same as public speaking)Request what you wantWhen I was finishing a project, I would research the project pipeline and ask for my next project. If you don’t ask, no one will know. Always ask for stretch roles. If you've never lead a team, ask to lead a small team of 3. If you've never played with a technology, either do at home, or ask on the job to explore how it might benefit the teamKeep resume up to date. Keep resume writing skills up to date. The best practice is to help others write their resumeSame with interviewing skills
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    • 1. Where Are You Heading?Consultant Lunch and LearnMay 2012 www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 2. AbstractGoal setting works! Research shows that there is a link between goals andenhanced performance in business, health, and sports. Goals are milestones tolet you inspect progress; you know where you are going and if you havereached your destination.What are your career goals? Where you want to be vs what you want to do canbe different. Join us to consider some things that can help you to design yourcareer plan. www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 3. Overview What we will focus on: • Importance of career goals • Considerations for your career plan • Curves along the path What we will not focus on: • Here is your path; all paths are unique to the individual • Here are generic paths for different roles www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 4. Do you like your career?Ask yourself these questions …• Willing to continue unchanged?• For how long?• Why?Guess what … You are the only one responsible for your careerWhat defines you today? www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 5. Job Landscape Are you continually improving? You don’t get anywhere By 2018, over 45% just standing still of jobs in America Are you showing will require a success by the minimum of a 4 client & industry year college standards degree* More than 1.3 Are you million Western jobs Do you have will vanish by 2014 ready to transferable skills? due to offshoring** compete?* Harvard Business Review, March 2012** Investors.com, Dec 2010 www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 6. What do you want to attain? Want Considerations Compensation Benefits Responsibility Commute Authority Geographic Location Title Time Commitment Travel Geographic Location Travel HR Responsibility Industry Cool Work Society Contributions www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 7. Setting Goals• Target • Where you are aiming • Inspectable to know if you are moving towards the target• Focus • Direct your limited time and effort to the proper areas, increasing potential success • Helps prioritize, reducing the potential feeling of being overwhelmed• Motivation • There will be roadblocks and curves along the path. Focus is great but need motivation to carry me forward • Helps remember “why” you are pursuing this path • “I did not fail, I simply found 1001 ways it did not work.” Ben Franklin on discovering electricity Goals are a vehicle to help take you from where you are to where you want to be www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 8. Corner of Opportunity & Career• What are you Searching For • Traditional next job • Life changing• How to look for a job• How do employers look for personnel• No one owes you a job. You have to go out and look for it www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 9. Expanding my Attractiveness Education/Degree Self learning • Higher order skills Certifications imply more value • Knowledge is • Critical thinking • Compensate for lack potential; proficiency of degree is power • Oral and written • Avoid being “filtered” • User Groups communication out • Participate in Linked • Problem solving • Show that experience In discussions • Impression of well- in resume • getAbstract – roundedness Business Summaries • Academic argument Is this true for all disciplines? Build up your expertise through a contract position www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 10. People who like PeopleSometimes it’s who you know paired with what you know• Who will help you get there – relationships, groups, networking, mentors• What skills are necessary – do these people model those or just know the right people• From those who have met your goals … • Ask what it takes to excel • Seek, find, and ask…but mostly listen www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 11. Next Steps – PlanA Chinese philosopher once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with asingle step.”• If you don’t have a career plan, build one • If you don’t know where to start, read What Color is Your Parachute• If you have a career plan, review it • Inspect your progress. Are you happy with your progress? What actions will you do to drive towards your goals? • Seek feedback. You might be blind to some aspects of your journey www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 12. Next Steps - DoA Chinese philosopher once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with asingle step.”• What can I do within the next week • Promote yourself; Toot your own horn • Update your resume to show your competence. You are only as good as you look on paper. Don’t forget to update Linked In also • Join a professional organization. Go to the meetings to network and learn • Subscribe and read a professional journal • Join a LinkedIn group. Read and contribute to the discussions• Within next couple months – stay marketable • Expand your skill set and understanding of each project role • Your work is your greatest accomplishment • Consider speaking at networking events • Request what you want www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 13. Contact Us• Troy Bitter• tbitter@cohesion.com• 513.407.9996• www.cohesion.com www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001
    • 14. Resources & References• Childress, S. (March 2012). Rethinking School. Harvard Business Review, pp. 77 – 79. www.hbr.org• Bolles, R. (2012). What color is your parachute?: A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changes. Ten Speed Press. New York• Goal Setting: Why Should I Set Goals?, http://www.timethoughts.com/goalsetting/WhySetGoals.htm• Grasser, K. (Winter 2011). A college education; what is it all worth?. Faculty Matters, pp. 28 – 33. www.facultymatters.com• Milway, K., Gregory, A., Davis-Peccoud, J., & Yazbak, K. (December 2011). Managing yourself; get ready for your next assignment. Harvard Business Review, pp. 125 – 128. www.hbr.org• PM Network (Jan 2012). “Build up your expertise through a contract position”, pp. 59• Sher, B. (1995). I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It. Dell Publishing www.cohesion.com | 877.774.3001

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