Create A Development Plan For Yourself

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I know what I need to do?
  • How do I find out what I need to do?
  • How do I keep momentum?

This cast helps you create a development plan for yourself.

One of the most common themes in the questions we get is 'I want to move from where I am, to where I want to be, how do I do it?' Whether the person is talking about promotion, a sideways move or a career change the steps are essentially the same. Companies used to do this for us. In some companies there are still structured career paths and structured moves, especially at the lowest levels and in senior management. Often though, the company is small and doesn't have a method for developing staff. Or you're stuck in a wasteland, somewhere between the plant floor and an office of your own.

So, assuming that your company isn't going to do it for you (and why would you rely on someone or something else to control your career, even if they were willing) what do you do?

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Skills and abilities

Hi everyone,

I absolutely loved this cast. Great job at emphasizing how mechanistic the approach is, that's precisely what makes it seem doable and simple.

I have a question, though. What's the difference between skills and abilites? English is not my first language, so this confusion could be a function of that, but I suspect I may not be the only one wondering.

Mark and Mike made it very clear that they're not interchangeable, in making them both separate headings.

Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated!



Suggestion for Finding Job Descriptions

Hi everyone,

Mike and Mark suggest several good ways of finding job descriptions. In addition to their advice, I recommend O*NET:

O*NET provides a search tool for specific job titles and returns matching occupations. Clicking through provides you with a comprehensive list of typical tasks for that position as well as knowledge, skills, abilities, etc. needed for particular roles. It even links to median salary data within particular states.

You can also check off your current skill sets and find occupations that utilize skills you already possess.

O*NET was created for the US Department of Labor and replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Many of my colleagues (fellow industrial-organizational psychologists) helped to create this resource.

Hope this is helpful.