Key for for all individuals and corporate based in Kembangan 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.
Do You Have a Career Development Plan?
Thus, the provision of several grants from the Singapore Government for individuals and organisations in Kembangan 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 sometimes find that as soon as you take that leap and decide to make a positive career change, you're met with criticism and resistance from those around you? They tell you why it's a bad idea and try to persuade you not to follow your dream.
Luckily, it only seems that way. One of the biggest challenges that many people in career transition face is trying to convince their families, friends, coworkers and the people who know them best, that change is a good thing. At a time when everything is in flux, it's tough for us to reassure people we are headed on the path to success despite any obstacles which may surface along the way. We may even be uncertain ourselves! And because we frequently experience the most resistance to our ideas from the people who mean the most to us, it can FEEL like our core support system is caving in. But don't worry, I assure you it's not!
As a certified career coach who has helped many people overcome obstacles and who has paved the way for my own career, I make sure my clients know where to find the best type of career support, at the time when they need it most. Here are five sources where you can seek out guidance, education--even commiseration!--during your career transition period.
1. Career networking - both online and in person.
There are tons of career-focused networks and resources on the internet and in your local area. To locate them online, do a Google search. Check out your home town paper to find out where the best career focused communities are hiding. Go out and mingle with like-minded professionals who are seeking a change in their own careers or who are currently in the career you want to pursue. Participate in workshops, contact your college alumni office or attend a networking event. The information is there for the taking, all you have to do is seek and you shall find.
2. Individual career coaching.
On my site I offer what is known as Co-Active Coaching - a style of coaching that empowers the career seeker to find the right answers on their own and navigate their career course in a way that feels right for them alone. A good coach will never just hand you instructions, but is there instead to offer expert advice, an objective viewpoint, positive encouragement and suggestions to help manage your goals effectively, in a manner that works for you.
3. A career seeking buddy.
Sometimes it isn't easy being that "horse of a different color" in your group of friends. If everyone you know is consumed with their corporate job but you have a strong urge to strike out on your own, you may get some resistance from those who can't relate or are fearful you might be making a mistake. The solution is not to try to persuade the naysayers, but instead seek like-minded people or a supportive friend to commiserate with, share experiences with, and bounce ideas off of. It's so important to feel like you have someone who understands what you're going through during the sometimes unpredictable yet exhilarating career transition time. You can find a career seeking buddy by following up with some of the other points in this article--for example, visiting online and in-person networks where career seekers converge, taking a career education course or career teleclass and reaching out to classmates, or even asking your career coach to introduce you to others in her circle of contacts.
4. A mentor or someone who has "been there."
Is there someone in your life who you admire because they didn't follow the status quo, created their own path or just seem to be living out an amazingly full and satisfying life and career? Maybe you have a friend, relative, or acquaintance who started their own business or managed to interweave creativity and flexibility into their professional life in a way that stands out from the crowd. Now is a perfect time to ask for advice and guidance from that person, listen to their story, learn from their mistakes, and apply this knowledge to the changes that you're going through in your own career. Most people are more than happy to share what they have learned. The experience is sure to be enlightening and you will be making a friend and professional contact in the process.
5. Career education courses.
Newspapers, career publications, public libraries, online career resources and even my career website, http://www.HallieCrawford.com, are all great places to discover reasonably-priced career education and transition courses. Become armed with the knowledge needed to begin your journey on the path to a more fulfilling career. I myself offer a terrific and inspiring Career Seekers Teleclass that's held several times per year. It's a fantastic support program for those who are interested in coaching but either aren't ready to invest in individual coaching just yet, or really like the idea of participating in a group where others are going through the same thing you are. For more information, visit my website at the bottom of this article.
When you're striving for a positive change in your life, the goal is to seek out experiences and people that help you pursue that goal, enhance your knowledge, and offer positive feedback. It's understandable that our human support group won't always exist in the places where we're used to having it... but help is out there. I have confidence that you will receive the guidance and understanding you need to move forward with your dream of the ultimate career for you. Good luck!
Copyright 2006 Hallie Crawford, Authentically Speaking. All rights reserved.
How To Apply For Training And Education Savings Grant
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
Have you been feeling bored or frustrated at work lately? Or, do you work in an industry with falling job opportunities or wage stagnation? If you’re a mid-career worker considering switching careers for whatever reason, here’s good news.
Transitioning to a new career and industry doesn’t mean that you will need to begin from the bottom. Even if it’s not in the same field, your experience still counts and can help you skip over entry-level positions.
If you’re considering making a change to your career path, start by evaluating what you want to be doing, and what job would make you happy. Take a look at this advice on how to know if you should switch jobs—or switch careers. Then, see how to create a transition plan to ensure a successful career switch.
Why Do You Want to Transition—And to What?
If you’ve reached the mid-career level, you’ve worked for around 10 years, if not longer. It’s not unreasonable that you may feel a desire for change. The question is, what’s the right change for you? Here are some of the possibilities to consider:
New Job in the Same Field: If you fundamentally enjoy the work your work and are engaged by your industry, you may just want a new job. In this scenario, it may just be your particular job—the co-workers, the hours, the culture, etc.—that isn’t a good fit, rather than this type of job or career in general. Often, mid-career professional workers are promoted into management positions that are less personally satisfying than when they worked directly on projects. If that’s the case for you, you may want to move down the career ladder within your field.
New Career in Different Industry, Using Similar Skills: If your industry is contracting or growing obsolete, or you feel ready for a significant change in focus, a job that utilizes your same skills, but with a twist, might be your best option. For instance, a journalist might want to switch to public relations, still using storytelling and communications skills, but in a different arena.
A Total Career Pivot: Sometimes a complete change is necessary. At mid-career, many people want to reinvent their work life (and themselves!) entirely. Think of the corporate worker who yearns to leave the city entirely and work on a farm. That’s a big transition—but it’s doable. For a strong, successful transition, you’ll need to identify what is currently making you unhappy, and what will make you happy in the future. Take a look at these tips for evaluating whether your career needs a makeover. Speak with co-workers and friend, and get their take. These conversations may help clarify how big a move you should make. Think about all the jobs you’ve ever held, stretching back to after-school and summer job as a teen, for more insight into what you do well, and what you enjoy most. If your first job was in retail, for instance, was it helping customers find what they wanted that was most satisfying, or leaving the shelves orderly at the end of the day?
If you’re struggling to figure out what you want or are overwhelmed with the possibilities, take a look at some of these free career quizzes, aptitude tests, and self-assessment tools.
Create a Plan: Once you identify your ideal job, your next step is to come up with a plan for how to get it. You’ll need to engage with real-world considerations (think: monthly bills; your kids’ schools; etc.) to ensure that your dream career is realistic based on your existing responsibilities. And, you’ll need to evaluate which skills you have, and which skills you’ll need to add. In some cases, you'll be able to change careers without going back to school.
Identify Your Current Skills: List out all your skills and abilities. What skills and talents do you possess, and how could they be applied to your new field? Remember, as a seasoned worker; you’re in luck: many of the skills employers seek out the most are transferable. Unlike an entry-level employee, you’re not starting from scratch. If you have worked in television production, for instance, but want to move to human resources, your interpersonal skills, as well as problem-solving abilities, and a knack at juggling tasks and managing personalities, can be tremendously helpful.
Identify the Skills You Need to Have: Next, look at job postings for the position you want to have. What requirements are listed? Remember, you don’t need to have every requirement listed on a job posting to apply—but there are some that are often deal-breakers. You may need to take a class or get a degree. You may need to take a salary cut and start at a lower-level position than the one you’re at currently. Or, you may need to think of creative ways to add experience to your resume, such as taking on a volunteer position that allows you to learn new skills.
Use all of this information to create a timeline and to-do list for your transition to new work—this may involve taking classes,