What Is Career Development?
A good definition of career development is the proactive planning and implementation of action steps towards your career goals.
Although this definition of career development is related to career planning, it’s a definition that can be applied to any area we want to succeed in.
But what is career development likely to achieve in the average persons career and is it really worthwhile?
A career development plan, either created on your own or with the help of a professional career development consultant, will more often than not take you to that place in your career you would otherwise not get to.
What is career development planning likely to accomplish?
1. Career development planning will force you to regularly perform a self-assessment on where you are now in your career, where you would like to be and to assess the inborn job skills you enjoy using.
2. This will usually lead to you acquiring work that is a good fit for you and that you are particularly suitable for. This results in a greater sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in your career.
3. If points one and two above are accomplished, this inevitably leads to you earning more money because employees who work on tasks they enjoy and are good at, invariably get paid more.