managing-your-career

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Unformatted text preview: hly skilled and experienced trainers and consultants have all had distinguished careers in senior management roles and bring with them a wealth of practical experience to each course. At MTD Training we will design and deliver a solution that suits your specific needs addressing the issues and requirements from your training brief that best fits your culture, learning style and ways of working. Our programmes are delivered when and where you need them! We believe that training should be fun, highly interactive and provide “real world” practical techniques and methods that you can use back in the office – and that’s exactly what we provide. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 7 Preface Managing Your Career Download A FREE Self Study Management Course Please visit our website www.m-t-d.co.uk for further details about the services that we offer and to also download a FREE Self Study Management Course Contact MTD: Online: Web: Email: www.m-t-d.co.uk info@m-t-d.co.uk Telephone: From The UK: 0800 849 6732 International: ++ 44 2476 233 151 Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 8 Introduction Managing Your Career 1. Introduction 1.1 Your Career Is in Your Control Each one of us has the ability to control the path that our careers take. It requires that we become truly self-aware so that we can identify what our own interests and passions are – what will truly make us happy in our careers. Then we must be able to fully face our own strengths and weaknesses so that we can ameliorate the ways in which we might be blocking our own career progress. Next, it’s important to hone some skills that are important to career advancement such as communication skills, self-motivation skills and goal-setting, and a relatively modern skill set called Emotional Intelligence. Finally, you’ll need some practical job-search skills, like understanding how to write a resume and how to stand-out in the interview process. 1.2 Your Interests and Passions Are you truly happy in your current career path? Many of us spend our lives doing work that we don’t truly enjoy. We do it because we need to pay the bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over our heads. But if we are intentional about it, we can discover what type of work will provide for our financial needs and will be fulfilling as well. 1.3. Identifying Our Strengths and Weaknesses Since no one is perfect, we all have weaknesses as well as strengths. But when you look at your weaknesses honestly, you transform them into areas that you can work on to improve your own career potential. You’re managing yourself in order to help manage your career. For example, imagine you are unorganized or have issues with time management. You can learn how to become more organized and to become a masterful manager of your time. If you have a hard time working with a certain kind of person – and we all do – what would you normally do about it? Get angry, suffer over it, wish you were somewhere else? What if you could learn to look at that as your own weakness rather than as the other person’s fault, you suddenly have a power to do something about it – something that you didn’t have before. This is all part of an honest inventory of our strengths and weaknesses with an intention of moving our career forward. 1.4 Enhancing Your Skills In the next few chapters, we’ll examine some skills that are important for managing your career because they will do two things: make you more desirable as a job candidate and keep you in a positive attitude and well-motivated to continue managing your career. Some of these skills are also useful in your everyday life and your relationships outside of work. We’ll look at: Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 9 Introduction Managing Your Career Communication skills Motivation skills Emotional intelligence 1.5 Job-Search Skills In order to manage your career, you need to manage which jobs you pursue. Gone are the times when a person would start and end their career with the same company. Instead, people who truly manage their careers are strategic about which jobs they take and why. They look at each position as a rung in a ladder, not as a permanent destination. To be good at changing jobs, you need to be good at getting them. Which is why we’ll examine some techniques to help you in your job search. The more you practice these skills, the easier you will find job hunting to be. Download free ebooks at bookboon.com 10 Determining Your Interests and Passions Managing Your Career 2. Determining Your Interests and Passions 2.1 Introduction Each of us has activities and areas in life that we are passionate about. Yet few of us are able to spend our careers pursuing something that truly holds our interest. The need to make a living, the desire for security, and the pressures of society often make us choose a career path that is not truly fulfilling. Unfortunately, we can spend a lifetime doing something that we don’t actually enjoy. Now imagine for a moment that you were able to spend that same career time doing something that you are passionat...
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