UNDERSTANDING1. CAREER PLANNING BEGINS WITH YOU UNDERSTANDING YOUR SKILLS AND MOTIVATIONS! • What makes you tick–regular evaluation? • What are your main strengths? • What drives you with your job? “Success comes from clear vision.” • What circumstances make you happy to do your job best? • Measure yourself to be top person! • Are you aware of Managements’ HR Policies, Employment, Legislation, Training & Development?
LEARNING FROM THE PAST2. LOOK BACK AND LEARN FROM YOUR SUCCESS & FAILURES TOMAXIMISE POTENTIAL! • Are you having fun ? Follow a desire! • Use your background and experience effectively • Be happy to provide genuine “In-flow” into your job. • Identify reasons why you failed and apply “your talents” • Adopt a mentor who can grow you with understanding – help develop new capabilities. • How do you really handle criticism?
PLANNING3. LOOK AHEAD AND THINK CLEARLY ABOUT WHERE YOU WISH TO BE! • Do not float like a cork • During times of change a clear and positive goal become more important. • Use your goals as a compass and maintain direction and purpose. • Flexible strategies accommodate Final Achievement in 3 – 5 – 10 years.4. BALANCE YOUR WORK WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! • Work should enable you to enrich your life not dominate it • “Whole life” also consists of family recreation, friends, health and community as well as work. • Become and remain a corporate athlete with proper diet and exercise.
FOCUS5. FOCUS ON A CAREER PATH NOT JUST A JOB! • Accommodate changes to your job description. • Try to identify any concerns your employer may have.6. FOR CAREER SUCCESS FIND A JOB YOU LOVE! • There is no greater punishment that futile and hopeless labour. • Organizations should create meaning in the work place. • Don’t always vote with your feet, change the job internally.7. JOIN BUSINESSES WHERE YOUR SKILLS CAN BE DEVELOPED! • Is your organization a market leader along with new challenges? • What value does this job add to my employability? • Make sure you are growing by contributing and not standing still.8. SUCCESS = FOCUSING ON STRENGTHS AND MANAGING YOUR WEAKNESSES! • Focus on your strengths = source of your success. • Do more of what you are good at and become more successful. • Develop strategies to minimize your weakness. • Jack of all trades but master of none.
GROWTH AND TIMING9. GET OUT MORE AND EXPAND YOUR OWN NETWORK! • Find and maintain friends who you can work with and learn from. • Establish effective working relationships with complementary sound people by listening and taking time to get a feel of the pulse of the organisation . • Communicate regularly with these people you have chosen • Don’t imitate your competition at work just listen and learn from the encounter.10. KNOW WHEN TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE! • Do not get caught in comfort zone and stop developing. • reaching a peak and then declining in motivation and challenge. • Find and challenge somewhere you can practice compelling • Maintain purpose /clear perspective and courageous persistence.11. TO PROGRESS BREAKOUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! • Stretching and growth can be slightly uncomfortable. • Consider different areas and challenges • Identify activities at work that make you uncomfortable and learn to manage discomfort. • Learn new things outside work to keep ahead. • Display willingness to take charge of a situation.
AWARENESS12. BE ALERT OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN YOUR CURRENT JOB!• Build a track record of success in your current job.• Excellent performance plus attitude = Visibility.• Use initiative and expand your job responsibility.13. SEEK MORE INFLUENCE ON CRITICAL DECISIONS!• Participate – Be part of the solution• Become a decision maker• Management always move “with the movers.”14. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE!• Develop an appropriate and alternative career plan• Planning = survival• Adaptability = Longevity• Know your own course of action to cope with growth, retrenchment and business as normal.
FLEXIBILITY / INTEGRITY15. RIDE “TRENDS” NOT “FADS”! • Anticipate, predict and understand future and then turn it to your advantage • Where are you illustrated …. • Making it happen? • Watching it happen? • Wondering what happened? • A Trend = Slow but significant change in social economic • Technologies like Ageing or Life Cycles. • A Fad = short lasting fashion ie fireworks.16. SUCCESS = REALISTICALLY REPRESENTING YOURSELF! • Do you have both the sausage and the sizzle? • How is your image – now be honest? • How do people /friends rate your brand identity? • Perception is reality .
VISION17. ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE! • Ambitious high flyers differentiate themselves from the pack by both the SIZE and SCOPE of their recommendations and thinking. • Look at the long-term benefits of your “Recommendations” which do not have to be clever but offer your organisation practical and genuine “Added Value Contribution.” • These “Added Value Contributions” will influence management and your successful career path.18. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE! • We can’t “do it all” or “have it all.” • Don’t be confused over vast range of things available to us. • Focus only on what will give your career the best boost. • Focus on Critical Career Plan Paths. • Say no to “Nice-to-do” projects as this disturbs priorities. • Be ruthless about time-wasting at workplace and outside . • Focus on few real and critical projects which contribute to your organisation and accelerating your career progress.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT19. ENSURE ACCELERATED CAREER PROGRESS- KEEP YOUR SKILLS UP TO DATE! Widen set of your skills through:- • Continuous product knowledge expansion. • Compliant and Competency delivery of tasks in workplace • Attending development courses to accelerate your own up-skilling plans. How transferable are your skills and competencies?20. ENSURE ACCELERATED CAREER UP-SKILLING BECOMES A LIFE-LONG HABITFOR LIFE-LONG SUCCESS! • If you analyse your strengths and weaknesses when retrenched this is too late. • Continuous accelerated up-skilling is not for debate. • Review your progress and re-set goals to accommodate “our ever- changing world.”
20 Keys - Questions and Answers At interviews is personal appearance important? Y/N At interviews should eye contact be made Y/N Is sincerity, enthusiasm and manner essential Y/N Should achievements be demonstrated at interviews Y/N Should portfolio of life values and beliefs be discussed Y/N Should strengths and weaknesses be discussed Y/N Should hobbies / leisure activities be discussed Y/N Should ambition and career progression be mentioned Y/N Is evidence of a balanced lifestyle really important Y/N Are demonstrated conflict resolution skills important Y/N Is thorough preparation and key-word delivery important? Y/N
20 Keys- Questions and Answers Do you understand what planning a career involves? Y/N Have you learnt from past mistakes and re-orientate? Y/N How thorough and structured is your planning really? Y/N Should portfolio of life values and beliefs be discussed Y/N Should strengths and weaknesses be discussed Y/N Should hobbies / leisure activities be discussed Y/N Should ambition and career progression be mentioned Y/N Is evidence of a balanced lifestyle really important Y/N Are demonstrated conflict resolution skills important Y/N Is thorough preparation and key-word delivery important? Y/N