10 Things You Should Do to Develop Your Career1Get the right blend of experience.Youll most likely need to focus on a combination of things inorder to develop a successful career. You may be surprised that you wont learn everythingin a classroom and that on-the-job experience is the fastest way to develop your skills. Try toinclude a mixed approach to learning that also includes learning from others.2Make it a shared experience.Youre in charge of your own success at Chevron – but youre not on your own. Yoursupervisor should be a partner in your career journey. He or she can help you build yourexperiences and guide you to the many tools and processes that will enable you to get moreout of Chevron – and will ensure the company gets the best from you.3Determine your vision of success.Start by asking yourself some searching questions: What doessuccess look like for me? How do my skills, performance and experience fit my definition ofsuccess? With that clear vision, its easier to develop a plan. Follow through on your planwith actions, and keep asking, How did I do? Its a cycle: adjust your actions, or shift yourplan a bit as you go.
4Make a plan to fulfill your career aspirations.Everyone should have a Career Development Plan (CDP).Theres a formal career development process in Chevron to help you. Be sure to fill out yourCDP form – but dont do it alone. Consult with your supervisor and others who can helpfocus on the kinds of experience youll need to further develop your skills – and achieve yourgoals.5Be accountable – and measure your achievement.Our Performance Management Process (PMP) is the best wayfor you to set out your performance goals and check your progress against them. PMP isabout taking accountability for your progress. Make sure you have measurable objectivesthat you can deliver, focus on the right things and achieve results the right way, the Chevronway.6Listen to – and act on – feedback. Yoursupervisor and mentor arent the only ones who can give you feedback. Many of your co-workers can be part of the process. Trusted colleagues and peers can help you see yourselfas others see you. You may get some interesting insights into your strengths andweaknesses.
7Find a mentor – and some kindred spirits.After youve identified your objectives for a fulfilling career,seek out a mentor whom you trust to honestly tell you how you are doing, and advise whatyou might achieve in your career. Find one on your own, through your supervisor, or throughour mentoring program. You can also get advice about a mentor from one of Chevrons 11employee networks. (See No. 8, "Join a network – or several.")8Put your skills, experience and knowledge into the system.Our company needs the right people with the right skills in theright place at the right time. By filling in your career development plan in the GTMIS – GlobalTalent Management Information System – you establish your experience, skills andknowledge. This enables supervisors and Personnel Development committees to knowwhether youre the right person for a job vacancy.9Join a network – or several.Chevron has many employee networks that embrace diversity of people, ideas, talents andexperiences. One advantage of joining a network is that youll gain a greater connectionamong fellow employees with a common goal. Your membership may even open careerpaths to you.
10Build your knowledge – keep on learning.How well informed are you about our company and the energybusiness? And how equipped are you to use fast-evolving technology? Know whatshappening in our industry and find ways to become familiar with the latest technologicaltrends to enable you and our company to always have a competitive edge.What is mentoring?Mentoring is a relationship that forms between a mentor and a learner to create a mutually beneficial learningpartnership. As shown in the graphic below, there are three principle types of learning and development activities.Mentoring is the relationship and feedback link between education and experience on the job. A mentor can play arange of roles to help their learning partner.You can mentor or be mentored on any topic. Some of the most common areas within Chevron include:
General business knowledgeTechnical expertise developmentJob skillsCareer guidanceUnderstanding cultural and organizational normsLeadership developmentHow do I find a mentor?After you have identified your desired learning objectives, there are four different ways you can find the mentor that isjust right for you and who can help you accomplish your objective:On your own - Find someone who has the knowledge, skills and specific experience that you would like to obtain.With your supervisors help - Ask your supervisor to suggest people who could mentor you in the subject area inwhich youd like development.Through a business unit specific program - Your business unit or function may have a facilitated mentoring programor initiative that can meet your needs.Through the Chevron Employee Network Mentoring Program - This program is a collaborative effort of the Officeof Global Diversity and our 11 employee networks at Chevron. You can fill out an application online and submit itthrough the Diversity website. The program will help you find a mentor who meets your needs.Regardless of what path you take to find a mentor, its important that whoever becomes your mentor is a good matchfor you and your specific learning objective.