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
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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