Personal career development
For much of your education, everything is straightforward. You take exams, and on the basis of those results you might take more exams, and on the basis of those results, you might take more exams! But once you are working, how do you ensure that you are continuing to progress, and are being as well trained as possible?
Your personal career development is one of the most important, and often overlooked, aspect of any job and, alongside wanting more money and responsibility, is one of the key reasons why people look to move on from their current employers.
Often, however, personal career development is just that – personal – and it is unlikely that an employer will volunteer further training unless the individual suggests it, and is specific in terms of what they want to do. Personal career development can take a number of different forms – further study and exams, courses, training or just greater responsibility either in terms of staff or project management, greater commercial input or exposure to the newest techniques and technologies.
Naturally, such personal career development is unique to each individual, the requirements of the job or personal ambition, but there is a common thread running through all career development which is that it is geared towards making the individual even more employable or valuable. When considering a new role, or when entering into negotiations over pay or conditions, it is an important and often overlooked aspect of what makes any job challenging, worthwhile and rewarding.