Why Career Development Matters

by frank-stuart

Many if not most people spend a good part of their adult life working. Career development is concerned with managing life, work, and learning. It’s an ongoing process that helps you develop yourself, manage your learning, set career goals, and achieve your work-related objectives. As such, you should undertake career development by assessing yourself and the opportunities that are available in the external environment.

Career Development

Career development allows you to manage your interests, skills, and opportunities in the context of your working life for a more fulfilling work life and career. Successful career development can have a very positive impact on both personal satisfaction and the achievement of career goals.

External factors such as the economy and working conditions are always changing, so regular career review and skill upgrades may help you better facilitate smooth work transitions as they arise.

Career Pathway Development & Getting a Job

Regular review of your career development should incorporate a career pathway development plan. Along with understanding your skills and strengths, your development plan should include identification of potential opportunities and research on your chosen career path.

Having done some research and planned out your career pathway, you will usually be more focused, be better informed to make decisions, know how to market yourself and get a job, and be able to adapt to changes in the environment. Knowing how to market yourself to employers and understanding the formalities of the employee engagement process can be enormously beneficial when the time comes to get a job.

Assessing Yourself

Any career development review should include a self-assessment.

  • Skills – What are your strengths and what are you good at?
  • Interests – What are you interested in? Working in an area that reflects your passion can allow you to be more productive and motivated. It can also bring more fulfilment to your working life.
  • Needs – What are you looking to get out of your career? Is it excitement, security, a sense of achievement, or something else?
  • Values – What are your values? How would your career choices accommodate these?
  • Personality – What are the types of roles that might suit your personality and temperament? For example, do you enjoy working alone or in large teams?

Goal Setting

Your career development plan should include specific short-term and longer term goals. Specific goals are those that are clearly defined, so that you can measure achievement.

  • Short-term career goals – What are your goals for the next year and over the next five years? What are some of the things you will need to do to support the achievement of these goals?
  • Long-term career goals – What are your career goals for the long term? What do you want to achieve over the next ten, twenty, or thirty years?

Having both short and long-term goals gives you focus and provides a clear destination which you can work toward. Successive career goals should complement or build on each other.

Exploring Options

Your working life isn’t just about working. As you regularly review your career development plan, you should factor in other options that could boost your career prospects and improve job satisfaction. For example, many people take time to undertake further education and training and to up-skill, which can open pathways to more fulfilling roles and employment opportunities.

ACPE has a Career Development Program that offers skills development to help you get job-ready, including the opportunity to attend seminars and land a professional placement with a sporting organisation. The program also aims to help students with resume writing, career planning, and with communication and presentation skills. 

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