If you are struggling to plan your career, consider using the principles in Stephen Covey’s book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The book which was published in 1990 is considered a blueprint for career empowerment and personal development. His advice rings true today as it did then
Here are the seven habits to Career development;
• Be Proactive
To be successful in your career, you have to be proactive as opposed to being reactive in how you manage your career. This means taking responsibility for every aspect of your career and not blaming other people and circumstances for challenges that you face. When faced with a problem, take the initiative to find a solution and aggressively seek new ideas and innovation. If you make a mistake, learn from it.
• Begin with the End in Mind
Career empowerment is a life-long process of proactive planning and implementation of action steps towards achieving your career goals. It is therefore important to create a clear vision of direction and destination to help in attaining your career goal(s). Have both short term – five- year plan – and long term – entire career – goals.
Once you’ve decided what you want to become professionally, the next thing to do is to conduct a skill analysis to find out what gaps you have in terms of knowledge, skills, and experience needed. Then come up with a plan to on how you will gain these skills and knowledge required to enable you to be qualified for the desired position. So always begin with the end in mind and determine what actions you need to take to get to where you want to be.
• Put First Things First
Remember that “Busy is not productive!”
Start each day by preparing a quick list of the most important things to be accomplished at work, separate important and urgent tasks and continually review and prioritize your goals. This will help you focus on important things first.
• Think Win/Win
Stephen Covey states in his book, “Win/Win is a belief in the Third Alternative. It’s not your way or my way; it’s a better way, a higher way.”
When making a decision, identify key issues and results that will constitute a fully acceptable solution which will make all who are involved in the decision feel good about the decision and committed to the plan of action.
• Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood:
This is a habit that’s important particularly for those in supervisory positions. Supervisors / Managers should seek to understand all aspects of a situation and then determine the best possible solution/action.
“Together Everyone Achieves More!
When synergy is pursued as a habit, the result of teamwork will exceed the sum of what each of the members could have achieved on their own. Strive to have either a strong multi-disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus.
• Sharpen the Saw:
If you want to be effective in your career or to move up the career ladder, you must find time to improve your knowledge and skills. Stephen Covey gives an illustration of a person who has been trying to fell a tree for five hours with no tangible effect. Someone asks him why he doesn’t stop to sharpen his saw and then go back to sewing. He replies that he is too busy to stop and sharpen his saw. You should be careful not to let this happen to your career, continue to learn and expand your skill set. Evolve and be prepared for changes in your career.
As part of our Resourcing Services and with an aim to providing solutions to the industry Viscar conducts a Career Empowerment Program. The Career Empowerment Program (CEP) is a three-month transformative program that empowers participants (job seekers and employees) with knowledge and skills to successfully get a job, keep the job, grow their career while adding value to the employer. Attendees learn how to identify personal career goals, acquire appropriate job search techniques, understand what employers want, how to plan a job search strategy and complete a job seeker assessment. Participants are provided with opportunities to explore and learn about different work environments and receive training from renown career specialists in Kenya.
The modules covered in CEP include:
1. Introduction-Power of Self Belief
2. Personal Branding
3. CV writing
4. Communication Skills
5. Job search techniques
6. Interview Skills
7. Organization and Business Needs
The program is conducted as follows;
1. Classroom training of 2 hours every week during which trainers will interact with participants through lectures, role plays, assignments, and presentations
2. Trainees have a choice of attending either of the following sessions;7.30 am to 9.30,10.00 am to 12.00 am, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm on either Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
3. Individual mentorship where each participant is assigned a mentor who is required to have at least 2 sessions of face to face mentorship plus communication through any media suitable to both.
4. Interview preparation
5. Participants are invited to events during which top Industry experts give talks
6. The program is conducted at the Viscar training center- Ngong road Bemuda plaza,4th floor-Nairobi
7. All participants automatically join our database for potential recruitment through our resourcing program after completion of the program.
Register or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can also call 0729 078 241/ +254 20 243 7599.