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Navigating Your Career

Career planning is much too important to leave to chance. But the reality is that many people do just that. Instead of proactively “managing their career” relative to trends and needs, employees tend to operate in reactive mode.

This course teaches a three part process for (i) exploring and crystallizing one’s strengths, goals and motivators, (ii) examining how this fits with the organization’s current and future needs, and (iii) developing a plan for professional development.

Participants learn the fundamentals of effective career management, including a process for planning and then taking action on important career goals. This has benefits for both the organization and the employee in terms of alignment of business needs with individual career goals and strengths.

The content of this course is both practical and interactive. Through the use of a variety of exercises, and a “strength-based” assessment tool, participants will gain valuable insight, knowledge, and tools to better achieve their career goals. Key learning objectives include:

  • Understanding and utilizing a 3 stage model for career success
  • In-depth understanding of core values and motivators
  • Practical ways to identify and build on strengths, interests, motivators, and past successes
  • Insight into proven strategies for career success
  • Knowledge and practice in how to engage in informal career discussions including how to effectively network and hold information interviews
  • The importance of creating and maintaining an ongoing career plan

Summary Agenda

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  • Understanding the Career Management Process – Roles and Responsibilities
  • 3 Stage Model for Career Success
  • Stage One – Assessment (participants do various exercises to identify key strengths, transferable skills, motivators, de-motivators, and success stories
  • Building your “value-proposition / Leveraging your “Brand”

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  • Stage Two – “Fit” considerations – identifying options that fit with assessment data
  • Information Interviewing – checking out your original findings and direction
  • Using social media and expanding your network – networking within your organization
  • Building your marketing “toolkit”
  • Stage Three – Setting Career Goals – immediate, short term, longer term
  • Holding the career conversation with others – meaningful career planning discussions