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Beyond a job search

In this lesson, you’ll learn that career development differs from having a job. You might look for new jobs at different points in your life, but career development is an ongoing process in which you take time to know yourself, seek career support, become an agile learner and overcome career hurdles. Want a fulfilling career path? It’s up to you to make it happen.

Whether you’re looking for your first job, seeking a new opportunity, aiming for a promotion or, overcoming career hurdles, you can take control of your own career path.

Too often, people assume that if they simply work hard or they are in better luck their work journey will unfold the way they hope. Or that their organisations will take responsibility for their professional development.

But that’s not necessarily true.

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Everyone can do more with career development. In fact, development is part of the modern workplace contract. At this age, a lifetime job is no longer guaranteed. That's why each of us needs to invest in the skills, knowledge, and experiences that will keep us adaptable, productive and employable in this fast pace changing time. 

As Carter Cast, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, shares, “We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development” 

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Which best describes your work condition?

1. Searching for a new job. I keep pushing myself to explore new opportunities

2. Having a job but I am looking for career change

3. Have a job, and I would like to develop new skills in a consistent way.

No matter how you described your situation, there’s alot to explore—either by starting new habits or building on what you’re already doing well.

Lessson 1

Know yourself

You’ll have a greater likelihood of career satisfaction when your work matches your principles. Evaluate the match between your job and your core interests, values, and skills. Explore your core interests, strengths, and values to guide your work journey.

Toolkit for this lesson:

  • Unsrestanding core interests

  • Diiscover your values 

Climb the lattice?

Keep in mind that the job landscape is changing.

Traditionally, career ladders were the rule. Employees relied on their company to provide specialized training and to promote them upward. Today, career lattices have replaced career ladders. 

Source: HarvardManagerMentor - Harvard Business School Publishing (2014)

In a career lattice, there are no fixed career paths. Instead, there are many possible ways to advance. You might move upward or laterally—or even take a few steps back—as you continuously broaden and renew your skills.

 And in a competitive and ever-changing market, continually building your skills so you can easily move across that lattice is key.

Thinking of your career in terms of lattice rather than a ladder gives you greater flexibility to explore job options

Lesson 2: Identify your path

Match your core interests, strengths, and values to guide your work journey.

Take a moment

Now think about this question, if you won the lottery today,

what would you do with the rest of your life?

"Interests and values are often veiled by financial gains. When you remove the financial demand from your life, you are more likely to see your true values.

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Lesson 3: Growth Mindset

The most important skill you need in today’s changing world is the ability to learn. Understand what it means to have a growth mindset, and why you should pursue opportunities to stretch and grow in and out of work.

Take a moment

What 2-3 actions can you take to grow your mindset?

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