Key for for all individuals and corporate based in Aljunied 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 Aljunied 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?
Different Approaches to Employee Engagement
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.
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**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.
List Of Online Courses For Mid-career Professionals
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
Employee engagement that is often used is providing training and development. We know that this is a very strong motivator, particularly among early and mid-career employees. The opportunity to grow, to continue to learn, to be challenged, to be able to take relevant course work either through tuition reimbursement programs for education outside of the company, or through company sponsored training can be a strong motivator. Additionally, mentoring, various types of project work, and job rotation, are all different ways that companies can encourage the increasing knowledge and skills of their workers. This is often very effective portion of the employee engagement strategy.
However, there are challenges for this strategy as well. As companies have downsized, particularly in the latest economic downturn, they may be unable to afford the training budgets that they used to offer. Some companies are getting creative in this area, but again cost is a limiting factor.
Another concern around training and development is that sometimes employers will use training as a solution for other problems when, in fact, it may be a system or operational issue or other type of issue. Some companies will throw a training solution at a problem when training is not really the solution to the problem. So training and development can be misused as a method of employee engagement.
That leads us to the question, "What other strategies are there?", What we're finding which is really motivating and incredibly effective for increasing employee engagement, is meaningful work. Meaningful work, where employees are engaged in such a manner that aligns with their values, doing work, performing tasks, using knowledge and skills that really allow them to contribute. Not just their time and their experience, but in a form of work which somehow resonates with their personal values, their personal mission, their personal passions. Employees are seeking a way to express this in the workplace and I have seen this throughout my experience working with organizations.
The most admired leaders have a deep commitment to what they are doing. Not just how they contribute to the products and services of their company but the bigger picture. Their real vision for what they are accomplishing on a grander scale is a huge motivator for employees, especially those in a leadership role. In fact, Kelly Global Workforce conducted a study with over a hundred thousand people across 34 countries worldwide and over half of the workers in this study said they would give up status and pay to have more meaningful work. Just think about that - over half of the people in the study, would rather be doing meaningful work than have better status and more pay.
What is interesting to note about the study is that it was conducted during the worst of the recessionary time in late 2008, the beginning of 2009. So amidst a global economic crisis, workers were saying that meaning is more important than pay. I think therefore that this new approach to employee engagement should be what companies and organizations are looking at. How do we make sure that employees are really are aligned with what the company is doing and that the company is providing goods and services that contribute to society in a positive way? How do we ensure that what workers are doing in their individual roles and responsibility taps in to what is personally meaningful for each of them?