Career Planning Strategy Workshop–January 12

Our January 2nd-Friday event — January 12 —is a special career planning strategy workshop. Sign up here! We’ll explore “Top Trends Driving Change in Communication” that you need to know about as you plot your professional path. Whether you’re building a consulting business or climbing the corporate ladder, we’ll discuss what changes are occurring, what skills and abilities those changes demand, and what you’ll need to think about to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Do you know where that is?

Accord to Stephen Covey, the first habit of successful people is the habit of choice. In other words, set your intention and plan your path. Virginia Tech emeritus professor Dave Kohl says it is not enough to know where you are going, you must write it down. According to Kohl’s research, people who write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t. That’s a pretty significant difference.

If you’re not sure how to start Right Management — in its career transitions workshop — suggests seven steps for successful career planning:

  1. Take a personal inventory that includes identifying past successes, current strengths, work style and what you like/don’t like about various work opportunities (like working in a group or alone.) In other words, where are you, where do you want to be, what current skills to you have and what skills will you need to acquire?
  2. Refine your career objectives with focused goals. Want to be the next Jeff Bezos? Exactly how are you going to do that? Bezos knew Amazon would initially lose money. And he had a clear and realistic plan for how long that might take and what he would do next.
  3. Package yourself. That means a resume for career climbing and a branded business plan for start-ups. And don’t forget to tailor brand “you” to fit your success goals. The way you look, talk and generally present yourself matters.
  4. Create a marketing strategy for getting from here to there. Who are the audiences you need to influence? How will you promote yourself?
  5. Build a business network. InterCom is one clear choice. There are others, too.
  6. Polish your interviewing or pitching skills.
  7. Be thorough and persistent. (And we would add determined and disciplined.)

If you’re serious about changing your career destiny in 2018, these seven steps are a great starting point. We’d like to suggest that you at least consider them before joining us for our Top Trends workshop.  Once you know where you’re going, InterCom would love to join you on your journey. We strive to tailor our speaker and workshop content to meet members’ professional development needs. And we can also connect you with the best local resources as you manage your career or grow your business. Our goal is to be a part of your professional development and success. We’re excited at the prospect and we hope you are too!