Moreover, our career progress ought to be considered within the context of the writing of the story of our development. Our responsibility is to author a narrative of aspiration, purpose, agency, and good decision making. This is as much about knowing our current relationship with each of these components of our career as it is about reflecting on the progress we have made in understanding them over the years.
We also have tangible responsibilities in our career progress. We need to keep track of the qualifications, accreditations and other valuable information that play a role in our career development program. We need to be actively researching new, innovative methods to incorporate into our career program as well as seeking out hands-on work and leadership experiences that will sponsor us in our professional growth. We need to pay attention to the program requirements of our academic studies, and consider how they affect our career progression. Finally, we need to be committed to building connections and expanding our reach through meeting new people and leaving a positive and lasting impact on them. If we believe that our career progress can be viewed as the narrative of our career development, then the network we build holds the supporting characters of our story, whose appearance and purpose are essential to its composition.
Our career progress must be ongoing and intentional. It must have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and how to do it. While we cannot predict everything that will happen, committing to ongoing preparation and revision through planning and adaptation will equip us with the competencies and skills to get the job at hand done, and to solidify our sense of vocation.
We can contemplate our Career Development Progress through considering the following questions:
- Do I begin each year by reflecting on my career development strategy and determine my specific goals for the upcoming year?
- Do I reflect on and share the narrative of my career development journey, including my sense of purpose, ambition, current strategies, choices and decision points?
- Do I cultivate a personal network with people accomplished in the career fields that interest me, in order to make better decisions about the educational and career choices in front of me?
- Do I keep a record the qualifications, accreditations and other valuable information that forms a record of my career development program?
- Do I periodically review all aspects of my career development pathway, including my academic and professional courses and program requirements, my growth in 21C competencies and my ways to gain hands-on work and leadership experiences?