Key for for all individuals and corporate based in Pasir Ris 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.
Support During Career Transition: Keeping Upbeat and Focused
Thus, the provision of several grants from the Singapore Government for individuals and organisations in Pasir Ris 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?
Personal Support Career Training Possibilities
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.
Accelerated Crash Course Programme For Mid-career
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?