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Many employees experience career stagnation. This impact examines strategies to overcome it.
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Career development requires foresight and proactive management. This Challenge explores methods of planning and executing an effective career development path.
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Getting and keeping your career on track takes careful planning. Those who wait for opportunities to come knocking may be left behind. Approaching your career proactively and being able to recognize opportunities to move ahead are key to smart career management. It starts with knowing yourself and what you want to do so that you can align your career moves with your goals. This course guides you through the process of taking stock of your present situation and determining the best way ahead. It starts with taking inventory of your values, interests, skills, and needs. Then based on these findings, you can determine your strengths. This course provides examples of roles in which you could use those strengths. It also provides tips on how to deal with any weaknesses that are holding you back. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • identify the types of questions you should ask to evaluate your career
  • determine your main strengths
  • recognize ways to deal with weaknesses
  • recognize the steps involved in developing a career plan
Is your career on automatic pilot? When was the last time you took a look around to see if the direction in which you are heading is really what you want? It's important to take time out to reflect on your current situation to ensure that you're still on the right path and that the current path is the best one for you. This course identifies tips for successfully advancing your career, making lateral moves within an organization, and ways of successfully moving on to a different employer. This course also focuses on the benefits of having a promotion plan and the creation and implementation of an effective promotion plan. How to ask for assignments that will move your career forward is also covered. Because even when you're on the right track, keeping your career moving forward takes work. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize strategies for successful in-house job changes
  • sequence the steps for creating and implementing a promotion plan
  • recognize the benefits of having a promotion plan
  • identify examples of strategies you can use to successfully ask for assignments that will advance your career
  • recognize ways to successfully move on to a different employer to keep your career on track
Do you have a strong professional network of people who can help you move forward professionally? Does the thought of networking scare you because you feel uncomfortable in situations where you're expected to be outgoing and make conversation with people you don't know? Regardless of your strengths and weaknesses, situation or occupation, a key factor in advancing your career is using good communication skills to build strong professional relationships and maintain an effective business network of contacts. This course provides you with the essential communication skills required to establish a business network and includes strategies for building rapport with new contacts during networking opportunities. It also covers best practices for maintaining your network so that business contacts can help you achieve your career goals. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize how to employ best practices for establishing a business network
  • recognize the importance of learning how to establish a business network
  • use strategies for conversing with new contacts during a networking opportunity
  • recognize strategies you can use to maintain your business network
Your boss can be the lifeline to your future. Typically, no one has more influence over your immediate and long-term success than the person to whom you report. Not only will you find enjoyment and reward in your current position, but you want your boss to be a source of support when the day comes that you are ready to move ahead with your career. This course teaches strategies for building a strong professional relationship with your boss. It explains various ways you can become aligned with your boss and even how to give your boss constructive feedback. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize ways to build a successful relationship with your boss
  • recognize ways to get in tune with your boss
  • give feedback to your boss
The performance appraisal process just may be the most valuable tool you have to advance your career. Unfortunately, employees often don't recognize the opportunities they have to benefit from their performance appraisals. Instead, they regard the whole process as something to dread and avoid. They frequently misunderstand the feedback they're given and refuse to see the appraisal as a career enhancement tool. This course explains the value of learning how to manage the performance appraisal process on a year-round basis and tips for using formal and informal performance appraisal to the best advantage. The course also outlines how implementing periodic appraisal strategy can be used to move your career forward. Recognizing and controlling the damage of a bad appraisal is also covered. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • determine whether a given employee has adequately prepared for a formal performance appraisal
  • recognize strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of a formal performance appraisal
  • recognize how to implement the periodic appraisal strategy appropriately
You're a project manager for Compton Medical Resources, a company that produces and sells Internet-based reference and testing materials for the medical industry. Up until three months ago, you worked as a PM with external developers focused on creating content for continuing education for nursing professionals. But to broaden your experience, you made a lateral move, taking a position overseeing a team of internal developers who are authoring pre-med testing modules. This simulation is based on the SkillSoft series "Managing Your Career" and contains links to the following courses: pd_10_a04_bs_enus and pd_10_a05_bs_enus.
  • Managing Your Relationship with Your Boss Simulation
    • building your relationship with your boss.
    • adapting to your boss's working style.
      • adapting to your boss's working style.
    • assessing your boss's management style.
      • assessing your boss's management style.
    • giving feedback to your boss.
      • giving feedback to your boss.
    • presenting accomplishments during a review.
      • presenting accomplishments during a review.
    • seeking corrective input.
      • seeking corrective input.
Positive working relationships yield knowledge, cooperation, and influence at all levels of your organization, and managing them should be one of your prime objectives. Nowhere is this more true, however, than with upward relationships, both with your boss and those higher.
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You have the power to advance your career. So how can you do this? This challenge explores the ways you can be proactive in advancing your career and successful in achieving your career goals. The learner takes the role of an IT professional working in the Information Services group of a pharmaceutical company.
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You want to develop your capabilities, both personally and professionally, but how do you get started? And how do you know which skills and strengths to focus on? This Challenge Series exercise explores the many critical factors to take into account when planning how to focus self-development efforts. The learner plays the role of a trusted friend helping a colleague make smart self-development choices.
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