Developing your career involves a whole range of activities, such as assessing your strengths and preferences; exploring opportunity areas, and acquiring new skills. But what binds them together as a cohesive process? That’s the role of Career Management: a perspective and set of habits that enable people to progress toward their goals, change course when necessary, and maintain a resilient outlook despite the change that inevitably occurs in occupations and organizations.
Career management involves many of the same features as managing a company. When I think of a CEO’s role, I think of the person who provides oversight to a company. Their job includes understanding what their users need, knowing how their product fills that need, deciding when to branch out, and deciding when to take risks (along with how to deal with the consequences). A CEO builds alliances to strengthen the value of the enterprise, while cultivating positive morale within the company. And last but not least, a senior manager represents the company to the outside world, ensuring that the company’s value is visible to others.
As the managers of our own careers, each of us does these for ourselves. This might sound daunting, but it doesn’t need to. The Career Management section of U.C. Berkeley’s online Career Development resources is an excellent resource for information about career planning, networking and relationship- building, the job search process, and cultivating resilience. And thankfully, there are many approaches to these tasks, which can be adapted to individuals’ preferences and style.
In UC Berkeley’s online Career Development resource, you’ll also find information about career development workshops and individual career counseling for UC Berkeley staff.
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