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Career development is the lifelong process of managing
experience should still be a priority for people obtaining value from
learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move
toward a personally determined and evolving preferred and adding value to their career.
future.
There are multiple ways to experience career growth by investing in
your career development and progress:

Career management is a must if you expect to gain maximum  Job shadow other employees in your
success and happiness from the hours you invest in work. You are company to learn about different jobs. This
likely going to work 40 hours a week for your entire adult life, and by can broaden your skills and increase your
managing your career effectively, you can make the best of those 40 value.
hours.  Explore lateral moves to broaden and
deepen your experience. It's easy to get
Share your goals with your boss and gain a partner who can help
stuck in a rut. Being able to handle multiple
you broaden your experience.
jobs can add variety to what you do and
Developing your talents and skills will stretch your world and enable broaden your skills.
more of your unique contribution. This, in turn, can make your career  Attend classes and training sessions to
success. increase your knowledge. New strategies
and technologies relevant to just about
Opportunities
every career are being introduced
Many employees have not thought past their current job or the next constantly. Stay up to date on your job and
promotion they'd like to receive. They need to broaden their short- industry.
term thinking. As employees are promoted up the organization chart,  Hold book clubs at work to develop
fewer jobs become available, yet continuing to grow skills and knowledge, and share terminology,
concepts, and team building with will ensure that you have an internal
coworkers. mentor who will help you manage your
 Seek a mentor from a different department career.
that you'd like to explore. Leaning on 3. Utilize company programs. Some
someone else's experience is a great way companies have formal programs to help
to gain knowledge and introduce yourself employees develop their careers. In others,
to other opportunities. you will need to informally pursue your
career development. Companies with
5 Tips for Career Growth and Development
programs generally focus energy on
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice president and managing director of helping employees develop and follow
Apollo Research Institute and visiting scholar in Stanford University's a career path.
Media X program, recommends five additional career management 4. Own your career path. A career path can
strategies. be discussed at several bi-annual meetings
with your boss. Some companies
1. Set goals and create a plan to achieve
demonstrate a deep commitment to their
them. Could your career development and
employees by assisting where possible
management use help to gain momentum?
with resources of time and dollars.
People who are the most successful and
However, remember that it is your career
satisfied in their careers have proactively
path.
determined what they want from work.
5. Write it down. Career paths are
2. Develop a timeline, including
recommended for the same reason that
milestones. Bringing your boss and their
goals are recommended. They are the
sponsorship and mentoring into the picture
written plan that can help each employee
take charge of what is most important to have no benchmark against which you can
his or her fulfillment and success. Without measure your progress.
a plan, you can feel rudderless and you