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Shakespeare said, “This above all, to thine own self be true”. There is a "sweet spot" that each of us has...It's the kind of work we want to perform, the kind of work that makes our hearts sing. But finding that sweet spot requires deep self-knowledge. INsideOut utilizes a selection of assessments to objectively identify an individual’s interests (their North Star), strengths, motivations, stress behaviors and career pathways that foster meaningful life-work.

Whether you are looking at making a career change, or moving up within a company, planning your own career development will help you succeed. By creating a personal career development plan, you can set goals and objectives for your own personal career growth.
Career Development Process

INsideOut will help you suceed in working through the following five steps:

STEP 1 - Evaluating Myself
The world around us is constantly changing and so is the world of work. Adaptability is becoming an important skill in the work place. A single occupation will not likely take you through your entire working life. It's become more important than ever to ask yourself questions like:

  • Am I happy in my current work situation?
  • Do I want to change occupations or advance in my current occupation?
  • Am I satisfied with the balance I have between my personal life and my work life?
  • What are my strengths, motivators, skills and interests?

STEP 2 - Exploring Options
Learning is an ongoing process and is not just limited to the classroom. There are opportunities to learn everywhere. Explore what options are available and gather relevant information with respect to these opportunities.

  • What career options appeal to you?
  • What qualifications do you need?
  • What is the potential for advancement?
  • What kind of a demand is there for your chosen career path in the current and future job market?
  • What additional education/training is involved?

STEP 3 - Making Decisions
Review your options and narrow them down. Access your allies by seeking advice from professional and personal support networks. Talk to friends, counselors, current or former colleagues, and family. Review the information you have. In choosing your career pathway, consider the advice of your allies and the life you want to create.

Here are four steps to help you make decisions about your career path:

  1. Gather and organize information. You've explored your options. Now it's time to gather and organize information for each option. Don't forget to consult with friends, family, colleagues and counsellors. You'll want as much information as possible, but don't forget it is sometimes impossible to have all the information you will need.
  2. Evaluate each possible option. List the positives and negatives of each one. Which options align with your values, interests and skills? Are there any risks? Are you willing to take them?
  3. Choose an option. Once you have completed your evaluation, select the option that will help you create the life you want to live, doing the work you will love to do.
  4. Begin to create your action plan. Consider different paths that may help you get to your goal. Since the future is uncertain, it is a good idea to plan more than one path to your goal. This becomes your backup plan.

STEP 4 - Setting Goals
Prioritize your needs. Write out an action plan with your long term goal and the steps you need to take to accomplish it. Remember goals and steps should be achievable and measurable.

STEP 5 - Putting My Plan Into Action
Focus on the journey by following the steps listed on your action plan. Keep your long-term goal in mind to help you stay motivated when things get difficult. Have confidence in yourself and the decisions you've made. Remember that your allies are there to support you.

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