Career Development 101: Your Guide to Moving Forward

Advice in developing your career.

No matter where you’re at in life, your career is one of the many important aspects of your life, and the journey can seem a bit overwhelming. How can you frame your own career plans and simplify the entire process? Career development can be broken down to a granular level, but for the sake of keeping things simple, let’s break it down into three simple parts.

  1. Choose Your Career
  2. Build Your Career
  3. Change Your Career

Let’s dive in to each a bit further…

Choosing Your Career

The most important part of any career journey is the beginning: choosing the path you wish to walk. Some people know what they want to do from a young age while others haven’t the slightest clue. If you’re a part of the former group, the process is quite simple. Follow your dreams and find a viable option that can support you.

If you aren’t quite sure what you want to do when you grow up, there are still plenty of ways to move forward. First, consider your values and how those values align with your career and what interests you. Second, you can take skill assessments and career tests to get a more concrete idea about the types of jobs that fit your wants and needs. Even personality tests may help you discover something new about yourself.

Building Your Career

Once you’re set in your career and you’re feeling comfortable, it’s crucial to always be learning and moving forward. Comfort is good, complacency is not. The best way to keep yourself on your toes is to challenge yourself within your current role, attend networking events, expand your knowledge, and take a leap forward when the opportunity presents itself. Always remember that one prepares for the next career development stage in the present one.

The best advice I can give you is to make a plan but be flexible with it, too. Your idea of the future should be a guiding force, not a box that limits you

Changing Your Career

Career growth isn’t always a linear process. Life happens, and when it does, it’s important to remember that every journey is unique. Whether you were recently laid off or have decided to leave your job due to issues with management, salary, or anything in between, it is all leading you toward the place you’re supposed to be. Trust the journey and trust yourself.

When it comes time to find a new job, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Rediscover your passion, consider your values, assess your wants and needs, go out there, and get it. Changing your career can feel overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources to help you land on your feet.

Keep Growing with MarCan Coaching

No matter where you’re at in your journey, keep moving forward. And if you need an extra push, get in touch with the career growth experts at MarCan Coaching & Consulting. Working with a trained coach can help you take the next step in your career whether you’re just starting out, feeling stuck in your current position, or ready for a change. Contact us to learn more about the process and get started today.

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