Key for for all individuals and corporate based in Tampines Singapore, should always be on skill enhancements. Most times mid-life career changers are overlooked when we consider the need for career guidance and counselling. Timely investment in nurturing the skills through appropriate training programs in today’s world of digitization could define the future of the company and the economy as a whole.
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Thus, the provision of several grants from the Singapore Government for individuals and organisations in Tampines at various stages of their life is a boon. This opens a doors to a rewarding career option for those who are looking for good money and great job satisfaction from their job.
One must plan to build upon skills for their own personal and future growth. In today’s business environment, you need to manage your own learning. When you are managing employees, you think about their development within the organization. What about yours?
Do You Have a Career Development Plan?
Although there is a growing trend towards purchasing digital tools as a service, the barriers to Digitalization remain relatively high. ‘Going Digital’ in itself, is expensive and requires SMEs to actively plan for the business as a whole in a longer-term time horizon.
Do you have 'development plan' in place mapping out where you want to go professionally and what you need to learn in order to move forward in that direction? In today's business environment, you need to manage your own learning. When you are managing employees, you think about their development within the organization. What about yours?
Managers generally don't think in terms of a 'development plan' for themselves If you one of the few that do, you know that you have to map out career development strategies and increase your knowledge and skills in order to meet your goals.
DEVELOPMENT PLAN QUESTIONS
**Where are you now in the organization? What aspects of your current role do you like and what areas do you find more challenging.
**What would be motivating you to create a 'development plan?' Are you receiving feedback around performance or do you desire to build a bigger career for yourself?
**List your strengths (knowledge and skills) and areas that 'need to improve.'
**What is your ideal career choice - either within the organization or outside or potentially a new career choice?
**What steps will you need to move through to be at your ideal position? For example, you are currently Manager, North American Sales. Your goal is to be Global Sales Director. In your organization, are their career steps in place? If so, for the next rung on your professional ladder, what skills and knowledge do you need to have to meet the requirements? If not, how can you find out?
**Networking - connect with others who can help you with your career goals or individuals in the company that can mentor you in moving forward in your career goals.
CREATE A PLAN
**Objective - what are your career development goals
**What steps will you have to take to reach your career goals?
**Start and end dates for each step
**What will you need to learn - knowledge and skills you will need to have in order to perform each step of your development plan?
**What learning method will you use to increase knowledge or skills?
**How will you financially support your plan?
**Who will be your partners in your career development plan - your manager, mentor within the organization, career coach, outside mentors, and learning organizations?
**Varied responsibilities that teach 'on the job' lessons. Take on new projects or assignments.
**Read about career development - the internet and books can provide you with a wealth of knowledge and help you create your 'development plan.'
**Check out if your company has a "career development" program in place.
**Find a career coach to support you through the process as well as keep you accountable to your overall development goals.
Creating a 'development plan' doesn't have to be perfect. Rather you want to be proactive in building the career you want.
Your manager is not in charge of your career. They can be helpful in guiding and supporting your goals, but you need to create your own career by maximizing the opportunities that are presented and creating new ones. You need a plan to guide you towards your goals.
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New government grants for startups, instituted to provide funding to individuals and SMEs to hon their skills for better future.
Key areas suggested by Lifeskillsnutrition where you may benefits in future are:
- Business excellence program
- Business strategy development program
- Technology innovation program
- Human capital development program
- Intellectual property and franchising program
- Productivity improvement program
- Enhancing quality and standards program
In this day and age, there is an online forum for everything - cooking, classical music and of course, careers! You'll find plenty of advice and support about your job search and career development by signing up with a discussion board on the Internet, most of the larger resume and career service websites offer them. Here you can connect with people just like yourself, all over the world in real time. Some have been laid off, others are looking to make a 180 degree career change and others are looking to enter the workforce for the first time.
Often, being out of work and looking for a job can make a person feel isolated and hopeless. You don't have the day-to-day camaraderie found in the office place and the time in between sending out resumes and landing an interview can feel painfully long. But, if you join an online career forum, you will instantly be connected to thousands and thousands of people in your same boat who are looking for support, advice, networking and even friendship. You may finally get your answer to how to deal with inappropriate interview questions to how to run envelopes through your printer or how to start freelancing to the ins and outs of working for a temp agency. Who knows, you might even meet a person who can help you in your job hunt.
When signing up for an online career forum it is best to keep your public identity private. Create an anonymous user name and avatar that does not directly identify who you are; if you are currently employed, there is always the possibility that a co-worker or higher-up may be surfing the same forum. You may also want to get a separate email from one of the many free services like Yahoo! mail, Gmail, or hotmail. Also, like all other social media, don't post anything online that would come back to haunt you. A good litmus test is to ask "would this embarrass me if my mother/employer/friend saw it"; if in doubt, don't post!