Career Development

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Most of us leave school dreaming of success. A large proportion of graduates head on to college, where they map out a route to some sort of a career for themselves. Others choose to take the practical route and look for work. Natural abilities often influence the choice of college major or jobs applied for. We all have a natural instinct to put our gifts into action.

The prospect of getting paid for doing something we enjoy is often a very exciting concept. Sadly, the reality is sometimes less rewarding, once other factors come into play. It is, however, possible for us to find work that is closely matched to our individual, motivated talents, which are those we really enjoy using.

Planning a Career

In fact, never before has it been so possible to plan a career that so closely matches your personal potential and aspirations. The Internet is largely responsible for this development, but so too are the years of collective professional experience that have been pooled to make career development the science it has become. There is no longer any need to settle for second best when choosing a career.

Even if you've made some false moves to start with, it's never too late to get back on track and plan for the career you always wanted. The problem for many people is that they don't actually know what they would really like to do. They may have an idea but aren't sure that their natural talents and acquired skills are what's needed for that particular work.

Don't Settle

There's no need to satisfy yourself with whatever comes your way any more. You can get help to decide what career moves would be smart for you, and to plan a route to get you just where you want to be. If this sounds exciting, make no mistake, it can be the most thrilling experience to finally succeed and realize you have carved out a career that's perfect for you and that you love.

You may have heard the quote, that to never work a day in your life, you need to find something you love doing and make it your career. This is the basis of success, because anything you love doing, you will likely do well. Some people get there by accident, and others plan their route. The result is the same.

Planning Your Career Strategy

If you want to plan your route, the first place to start is by having your personality and skills appraised so that you know where to begin to plan a successful career. If this sounds intimidating, know that expert appraisal can actually be fun, and it certainly isn't a difficult process. There are companies now who make their career appraisal services available to the general public. In times gone by, such specialists would have worked for large corporations and public organizations, to help them decide on candidates for leadership posts, for example.

Now, anyone can avail themselves of the science behind the appraisal process for a small fee. It's not always easy for us to foresee what kind of requirements a particular job will ask of us. In addition, we are not always sufficiently aware of our strengths and weaknesses to make an educated decision about where our career should take us. Having our abilities assessed will ensure that at least we know what a good match is.

Getting the Knowledge You Need to Move on

By having an appraisal, we can move forward with confidence, knowing there are no nasty surprises just around the corner (or at least fewer). Confidence is a valuable asset in the workplace. Employers like it because it shows that you know what you're doing and are not afraid to put your skills and abilities to the test.

Indeed, planned career development can help individuals and the organizations they work for. With the knowledge we have today, there's simply no excuse for the phenomenon of a "square peg in a round hole." Everyone could be satisfyingly engaged in a career that's just right for them in every way, and therefore become assets of successful businesses.

If you have any doubts about whether career appraisal is right for you or your organization, it makes sense to talk to a professional about the benefits that could result. You may have a fair idea about your major abilities, but you may be surprised at the insights into your personality that can be offered by a quality career appraisal. It is these small details that can enable you to make strides in your progress, because you won't be working blindly. You will have inside information about what kind of tasks you are best suited to tackle.


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