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Career Management - Part 6


6.      STEP FOUR: DEVELOP CAREER STRATEGY

There are many strategies and some of the examples are listed as below, which can be used alone or with appropriate mix. 

6.1  Seek and Find a Mentor

        The mentor identifies and helps to arrange special assignments aimed at providing career-broadening         experiences for you.  This would help to give you professional growth opportunities you might miss. 

6.1.1        Benefits of Mentoring

íP        help to define your career direction and aiming points

íP        foster caring and supportive relationships

íP        encourage you to develop to your fullest potential

íP        advise on the appropriateness of opportunities that arise

íP        act as coach, trainer and role model

íP        help time management

(The National Mentoring Partnership, 1991)       

6.1.2        Mentoring Program 

Please see Section 8.2 of this manual.  Every employee should be assigned with a mentor. 

6.2  Opportunity Development through Networking

Networking is a way of extending your sphere of influence and increasing your sources of information.  It includes maintainers: provide stability and comfort through support and sympathetic listening, and advancers: provide new challenge and develop skills through encouraging and motivation (McCarron, 2000).

6.2.1        Benefits of Networking

íP        encourage you

íP        listen sympathetically

íP        teach you their expertise

íP        promote you

íP        challenge your thinking

íP        inspire you

íP        pass on useful information

(McCarron, 2000) 

6.2.2        Guidelines for Effective Networking

íP        make sure networking benefits both parties

íP        always practice businesslike conduct

íP        doníŽt expect miracles

íP        make time for networking

íP        networking presumes competence

(Berryman-Fink and Fink, 1996) 

6.3  Effective Time Management

Poor time management leads to harassment and stress.  Only planning can help effective (doing the right things) and efficient (doing things right) time management through the personal benefits of improved focus and flexibility, coordination, and control (Schermerhorn, 1996).  

6.4  Keep Informed about New Trends and Ideas

This can be done by:

íP        retaining membership in professional organizations

íP        reading books and articles on your area of expertise

íP        attending conferences, seminars, and workshops 

6.5  Self-developmental Activities

You should take self-development activities to fill in any mismatch or deficiencies (after self-assessment test) in knowledge, skills, experiences, and education through:

6.5.1        The Company Programs

See Section 8 in this manual and Training Manual.

6.5.2        Self-development in Own Resources

Examples are tutorials, lectures and distance learning. 

6.6  Proactive to Changing Nature of the Workplace

Coping trends in changing nature of the workplace (Figure 6.1) can be done by proactive learning multi-skills, interpersonal skills for team-work, as well as constantly monitor own performance for life-long learning.

6.7  Management by Objectives (MBO)

This is an integrated planning and controlling system (Figure 6.2) for any action plans you have developed:

6.8  Extended Work Involvement

Examples are additional commitment and time such as job enrichment and special assignments. 


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