Career development is the lifelong process which involves managing learning, work, leisure and transitions to move towards a personality. It determines a preferred future for an individual. Career development provides someone with the choice of selecting a career and subject to undertake in future.
The study of career development in organizational development plays a significant role in determining how individuals manage their careers within the organization. In today’s competitive environment more employers are looking for ways to facilitate career development and encouraging employees to drive their careers.
In the personal settings career development is the constellation of psychological, sociological, educational, physical, economic factors that combine to influence the nature and significance of work in the lifespan of an individual. The development of the career involves the creation of a career pattern, decision-making style and integration of life role and self-concepts.
Career development is all about the development of yourself and your skills. These skills set to add value to the organization and your career development. Career development and skills development of an individual is the key to workplace success.The process of development and learning of skills requires identifying the skills needed for mobility and then successfully seeking out training or on-the-job opportunities for developing those skills.
Developing your career in the right way is like growing a tree over time. Your career startup is like a seed of a tree with great potential. The seed is planted in good soil, get watered properly and sprout through into an area with decent sun and without too many other trees choking out the sun then you can begin to grow indeed. Similarly in a case at the beginning of your career development you join a good company and get a good starting job, work for good bosses and in a region with the strong economy then definitely you can develop your career.
For the development of a successful career, you need to focus initially on building a healthy stem (technical skills), versus trying to reach high and wide (that opportunity will come with time).
While growing your stem, you are burying your roots (character) broad and profound – creating a stable foundation to hold you upright for the long-term. Over time you thicken your stem – it becomes a trunk, which supports your bough, so you can stand up to even the strongest of winds. Finally, you reach your boughs (leadership skills and professional relationships) high and wide.
Your career development process involves few common issues during your growth that can leave you stunned or collapsed.
All these mistakes must have to be avoided for the successful career development at the beginning stages.