Building career paths

What actually is a “career path”?

Long-term:  Gaining further positions, during our work in a given organization. The main purpose of such a path is to help you achieve your personal goals, fulfill your ambitions, improve your qualifications and gain new experience, Short term:  The idea of how to get from point A to point B. But how can we do that?
A short explanation can be found below:

  1. Define point A (the start point)
  2. Define point  B (the endpoint) 
  3. Take the whole work environment and context of your career path into consideration. Analyze all the possibilities and restrictions of the whole process. 
  4. Describe the path itself.

Work on it using an iterative and flexible approach. Make a general outline of the plan at first, and then add more corrections to it. Cooperate and involve people who can support you. 

Point A

In this part of your journey, the most important aspect is a diagnosis of your strengths and, at the same time, all development areas. Use TalentBoost to map your skills and assess their level. Collect as much feedback as possible. Suggestions from your colleagues, your boss, or anyone who can deliver useful perspectives, are more than welcome!  

Point B

In this part you need to answer the questions: What is your main goal? Who do you want to become and where do you see yourself in the future?  It is important that you also identify what scenarios you would like to avoid. Analyzing the relationship between individual skills in TalentBoost can help you diagnose the easiest and fastest development opportunities. Don't try to be 100% precise. The key is to put some emotion and imagination into the whole process. This will give you the drive and motivation to execute your plan.

Environment and possibilities

Be realistic. Assess your surroundings and requirements of the company, but also be updated about the job market. Talk to your supervisor and align your plan with business needs and the strategy. Familiarize yourself with internal job offers and new technologies. In TalentBoost you can check the life cycle of the skills that you possess or want to develop. It is important to know whether your skills are “fresh”!

The path

Your skill development should be tailored to your business needs and capabilities. Be realistic about the time you want to spend on each step. Be flexible about the sequence of steps and open to new ideas and opportunities. Being too rigid can slow down your growth and limit your prospects. Imagine you are on a boat and you have to maneuver and adjust your movements to the wind and waves.

Your proactiveness and motivation are the key. Do not wait for somebody to acknowledge you - show your value and promote yourself. It is your path - be the owner and the captain of this boat!

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