by Terrie Moore – Career coach and blogger Chrissy Scivicque calls professional development the #1 most important tool for career growth. I agree that it is crucial, whether you want to move up, move to a different type of role, or you’re already in your dream job.
Cultivating your career involves learnable skills. A recent count of Lynda.com courses resulted in well over 50 that directly address career development skills and topics. That’s great, but who has time to explore all of them? Here are a few selections suggested by professionals concerned with the career development of UC Berkeley staff.
Career Development workshops have been scheduled in May and June, and are open for registration. The May-June time frame – following the flush of activity at the end of the semester – can be a good time to take a fresh look at your goals and skills.
The Spring schedule of career development workshops will kick off later this month. The workshops are held over the noon hour to fit into busy schedules, so feel free to bring your lunch. They address a full range of career development priorities, from clarifying your interests, skills and direction – to communicating your strengths through resumes, interviews, and online presence.
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.
Continuous learning has been called a critical competency for the 21st century. Keeping skills current helps people to stay relevant in the world of work, and to prepare for appealing future opportunities. Think about this: your skills represent much of what you market in your resume and in job interviews.
Perseverance in the face of obstacles is a frequent theme in career development: growing one’s career takes a whole lot of it…
When someone gets motivated to find their next career step, it isn’t unusual for them to begin by creating or updating a resume. Taking a little time beforehand to think about their direction can help people highlight their most relevant skills and experiences.
Through the process of self-assessment, an individual can clarify how their preferences and other characteristics relate to the world of work. In models of career development (including ours at UC Berkeley), self-assessment is usually shown as an early step or phase.
Owning your career involves looking inward AND OUTWARD. While self-assessment helps people understand their preferences and strengths better by looking inward, career awareness requires looking outward to the working world.