I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to share a few career development resources given the state of the current job market. I hate to say it, but ageism still exists. A recent article on Next Avenue mentioned that many older workers have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and it’s possible they will not be asked to return to the workplace because of their age.
Traditionally, many workers have relied on their employers to provide professional development opportunities. And I agree, they should. It’s important for organizations to make investments in an employee’s career and future with the organization. If they don’t, it could result in high turnover.
But that doesn’t mean employees are off the hook. Employees need to have their own personal career development strategies. They need to be able to articulate to their managers what they want in terms of a career. In addition, employees should have an honest opinion about the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to work on. And when the company isn’t ready or willing to provide career development strategies, employees need to figure it out on their own.
If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration when it comes to developing your own career strategy, here are a few articles that you might find helpful:
Soft skills are in big demand. Employers want to identify them in candidates. Learn the top soft skills that employers look for when hiring.
Whatever stage you’re at in your studies or career, networking can connect you with exciting opportunities. Learn to network successfully.
Results at work can lead you to career success. But delivering a great outcome doesn’t just happen. Learn 7 steps that will help you get better results at work.
Integrity is the foundation of trust and respect. Good leadership needs strong values. Here are 6 things to focus on to improve organizational integrity.
Being a better team player can be a boost for your career. Companies look for it in promotions. Learn 10 ways to be a better team player.
Leadership is needed more today than ever today. Innovation is key to success and growth. Here are 7 qualities in strong organizational leadership.
Understanding what companies are looking for can help you define where you’d like to see your career now and in the future. It can help you identify the resources you’d like when negotiating with the company. It can also help with your overall work performance (which often helps with your paycheck and future opportunities, if you know where I’m going).
Career development strategies benefit both you and the organization you work at. While those conversations should be happening on a regular basis, don’t miss out on opportunities to develop yourself. Be prepared!