Strategic Human Capital Insights

It's Time For Your Career Check List

Business man pointing the text ChecklistSince we are still in the first quarter of the year, it's a great time for you to do a 'Career Self Check'.  Just like organizations go through a performance and compensation review, you should begin a similar process on yourself.

As you look at yourself and your career for 2015 and beyond, here are some important questions you should be asking yourself about where you want to be in your career.

Career Check List:

1.  What are my career goals for 2015?

2.  What are my longer-term career goals for the next 5 years? 

3.  Am I happy in my current position?
  • If not, what do I need to do about it?
4.  Will this current position move me toward my career goals? 

5.  How is my current position contributing to my brand value? 
  • Is it moving me forward?
  • Am I static?
  • Am I actually regressing? 
6.  How would the marketplace value me right now? 
  • Is there anything I need to do to change that? 
  • If so, what? 
  • What are the career consequences if I do nothing?  
7.  How relevant and current are my present knowledge and skill levels? 
  • What is my plan to continue to stay relevant and current?
  • If I am now presently 100% current and relevant, what is the plan? 
  • What are the career consequences if I remain static? 

These are questions that only you can answer.  It's not up to your boss to determine your career; it’s up to you to take stock of yourself.  Remember, if you don't, no one else will.

As you plan for 2015, you may also want to explore our PSP Institute, which provides business-driven learning and development solutions that are aligned with, and responsive to, individual competency needs.

The PSP Institute helps you learn and develop your professional, communication, management & leadership and sales & business development skills.

Please feel free to comment below on what the first step will be in your career action plan.

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Topics: Phoenix Strategic Performance

Posted by Joanne Flynn

Joanne Flynn

Joanne T. Flynn heads up the human capital advisory group, Phoenix Strategic Performance, Inc. Previously, she was a Managing Director with Phoenix Group International and was Vice President / Director of Global Learning and Development at Goldman, Sachs for nine years. Joanne works with organizations as they face global growth and competitive challenges. She works with her clients to be both externally focused and internally responsive. With her unique background, she aligns competitive strategic efforts with related internal organizational leadership challenges. With the benefit of her career-long focus, Joanne contributes the unique insight of aligning strategy to internal organizational structure and process. She focuses on human capital relative to strategic initiatives, accelerated business growth, value creation, and business development. Joanne holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she holds a double degree major in History and German from St. Elizabeth University, as well as certificates from a variety of leading universities and professional training and development organizations. Joanne has recently published her latest book, Accelerating Business Success, The Human Asset Management Strategy.

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