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Career Development GroupCareer paths & Networking Jeremy Clarke DipREC Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s topics• How to approach career development and job hunting• How these techniques may differ depending on the stage of your career• How to network, not only your peers but also with those higher up the chain
A few pointers• Planning - know what your selling before you go to market• Use internal opportunities to open external opportunities• Skills assessment exercises• Problems and solutions to be aware of
Planning Where are you now? Where doGetting you want to there be? How will you get there?
Career managementYesterday Today / tomorrow• job for life • alternative career• one organisation pathways• hierarchical progression • multiple organisations• development decided • continuous learning for you • you take responsibility• Internal training • portfolio careers• job security • security in your employability rather in your employer
Appraisals and developmentAppraisal-linked personal Professional skills development development• Training & development specifically • Specifically tailored to your own linked to current role development and career aspirations• Planning to support targets in your • Development activities may be current role linked to a different role• Discussed in appraisal meeting • May commence at appraisal but• Work based, completed in work time continues outside appraisal process• May incorporate development • May incorporate activities outside supporting career goals work• Joint responsibility for development • Personal responsibility for your own development
Obstacles and catalysts• Getting started• Day-to-day demands• Maintaining enthusiasm and energy• Support from colleagues and managers• Measuring progress
Job hunting - directly• Internal opportunities• Advertising - trade/local/national press, online job boards• Recruitment agencies• Direct approaches (do your research)• Following targeted companies
How this differs at various levels? No rule changes, but other things to consider• Use Personal Learning Networks and Mentors• Keep assessing and re-assessing• Recognise the danger of becoming pigeon-holed• Keep stepping outside of your comfort zone• Be aware of competency frameworks for internal advancement• How are you perceived within the organisation and beyond?• How is your team perceived? Your team is a reflection of your management abilities
Networking - traditional• Pick the right event• Sliding scales of networking success• Set yourself targets• What do I want to find out?• What do I want to tell people?• Follow up afterwards
Networking - tips• Learn to smile and say hello• Ask for introductions• Approach singles• Prepare in advance• Be active in professional organisations• Go with your boss• Learn to listen
Networking - other considerationsInternal networking• Identify peers and network to be seen as a good advert for your service• What message do you want to give offOnline networking• Comment intelligently on online discussions• Remember you are building an online reputation
Action points• Take responsibility for your own development• Research emerging skill requirements• Identify future colleagues / future employers• Record, reflect, evaluate• Everything is a development opportunity