Fall is here and we start to turn our thoughts to the holidays. There’s so much to do and think about that any work-related decisions often get pushed off until NEXT year. The reason(excuse) we give ourselves is that no one will make any major changes until the new year or until the next fiscal year begins. Well, in fact, that last thought is one that may not be entirely true.Read More
Welcoming Guest Blogger Katie Pecis
After having reached another milestone in her career, guest blogger, Katie Pecis shares two tips in her post that she has found helpful in successfully navigating and embracing change, both personally and professionally.Read More
Welcoming Guest Blogger Alain Roy
ICDA’s Five Steps of Proactive Career Development — Step 3
This is the fourth in my series of blog posts on the Illinois Career Development Association (ICDA) Five Steps of Proactive Career Development. The “FOCUS” of today’s post is on …
Step 3: Develop and sustain a clear focus or mission for your life’s work and re-evaluate regularly.
Welcoming Guest Blogger Jessica Gibbons-Rauch
What do you do when your whole life you have told you are a shoe, you are a shoe, you are a shoe but you don’t want to be a shoe? Maybe you want to be a hat? These immortal words brought about by Rachel Green in Friends are as applicable to a career as…Read More
Welcoming our first guest blogger, Laura Kendall Zimmerman!
Choosing to embark on a new career path is a difficult decision that can be confusing and frightening. I know; I’ve done it several times now. After graduating from college, I spent years bouncing around varying fields that interested me, never landing anywhere that made me feel happy or fulfilled. Luckily, I found Career Path…Read More
Don’t Guess. Assess. OR Putting Assessments Under the Magnifying Glass
Before moving on to Step 2 of the Illinois Career Development Association’s Five Steps of Proactive Career Development, I’d like to devote a bit of space to addressing the actual process of taking the interest and personality assessments I referenced in Step 1. And yes, I see the taking of these assessments to be a…Read More
ICDA’s Five Steps of Proactive Career Development — Step 1
To continue on with the subject of proactive career development, let’s focus on the first step of the Illinois Career Development Association’s Five Steps of Proactive Career Development introduced in my last blog.
Step 1. Assess your interests, personality type, transferable skills and values.
This step is, indeed, both the best place to begin and return to any time there is a major change in your life, especially any time you find yourself at another career decision-making fork in the road. The following types of assessments can help you gather the most current and complete information about YOU and help you to make the “best fit” career choices throughout your lifetime.Read More