About This Chapter
Create a Roadmap for Your Career Development: Chapter Summary
In order to attain your career goals, a plan is necessary. The following lessons can guide you in connecting with mentors, pursuing new career goals and participating in networking opportunities. This chapter includes:
Tools for online career research
Searching for career advice online is a popular approach, but you need to know what to look for. Our experienced professionals instruct you on the fundamental difference of a job versus a career, the benefits of networking and how to create a career outlook.
Ways to grow in your career
The path to advancing your career can occur within the same company or by changing to a different employer. Learn about these options and more in this lesson.
Purpose of realistic job previews
Imagine that you started your dream job and were promised a certain pay, benefits and responsibilities, but after time, none of those things came true. Based on this scenario, employers are encouraged to develop realistic job previews for potential employees. Get an understanding of this concept in this lesson.
Professional development opportunities
This lesson highlights the most common kinds of professional development. Some of the topics include internships, seminars, trade journals, organization membership and volunteering.
Benefits of networking
The fundamental goal of networking is to meet other professionals to build relationships. If you're lacking the skills or confidence to meet others, view the video in this lesson to get the tips you need to be able to network.
Using job shadowing and informational interviews
Shadowing a professional and having an informational interview with someone allows you to get a glimpse of a professional's life to see if it's the career you're interested in. Get more information about these options in this lesson.
Importance and process of researching a company
Do you need help knowing what to look for when researching a potential employer? This lesson reveals the ways to conduct research and what to gather.
Maximizing your internship
An internship can be a a paid or not-paid type of on-the-job training. Find out the benefits of these opportunities and understand how completing an internship can contribute to your career.
1. Online Career Research Tools
How do you figure out what career is right for you? And, once you know, how do you find out more about that career? In this lesson, we'll look at some types of online career research tools that allow people to find out more about different careers.
2. Types of Opportunities to Grow in Your Career
Everyone wants to move forward in their careers, but how can you do that? In this lesson, we'll look at the two major types of career advancement, internal and external, and how to make the best of both.
3. Realistic Job Previews: Definition, Purpose & Examples
Companies are always concerned with employee turnover and job commitment. Realistic job previews allow potential employees to get a view of both the positive and negative aspects of a potential position.
4. Networking for Career Success: How to Make Professional Contacts
Having a strong network of business contacts can really help out your career. But how do you build a network? In this lesson, we'll look at ways to make contacts, including tips for networking.
5. Informational Interviews and Job Shadowing: Learning About Careers
Exploring career options can be complicated. How can you really know what a career is like? In this lesson, we'll examine two ways to get the skinny on different careers: informational interviews and job shadowing.
6. Researching the Company You Want to Work For: Importance & Process
When applying for a job, it's important to research the company you are applying to. In this lesson, we'll look at how to conduct research on a company, including looking at where to do research and what information to learn.
7. How to Maximize Your Internship's Career Potential
An internship is a great opportunity to get experience in a career field. But how can you make the most of your time as an intern? In this lesson, we'll offer tips for maximizing your internship in the areas of learning, relationships and performance.
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