10 thoughts on “Rules for Career Development”

  1. Wait, wait. So, I shouldn’t be a dick? This is all very confusing. I’m going to have to rethink a lot of things.

  2. One more: be someone who makes things happen. No one cares about excuses for not getting things done – they care about getting them done. Find ways to solve the problem, even if it means going outside your area of authority.
    There’s a real advantage to having people know that you can solve their problems for you. Be one of those people.

  3. Here are a few more:
    Remember the good managers, learn from them and implement what they did well. Remember the bad managers, and avoid their management style like the plague!
    Know when to speak up. If you know that what the team is about to do is the wrong thing, make your feelings understood and make a case for why it should be done a different way.
    Do not step on anyone as you climb the ladder, because they will not forget it and give it back to you tenfold on your way back down.

  4. I think you need to re-think what “career development” means. Your list is cool and all, but it’s focused on “job advancement” which, IMHO, is not the same as “career development.”
    Of course, I fail to follow step #1 on your list, but perhaps that’s because I’m less interested in “job advancement” as I am “career development.”
    If I had to choose between “being right” and “being nice,” I’d pick the former over the latter any day.

  5. Dossy, you’re thinking “skills” development, not “career” development. There’s more to a career than what you know – it’s how you work with people, how you handle distractions, problems and yes, even politics. Your career is more than just your job, and it’s more than just what you know. And, it wouldn’t kill you to be nice, Dossy… really.

  6. Hi Kevin,
    I think that this list applies equally to both career development AND advancement. So either way, you are right on.
    I work with someone who is a #1 and someone else who NEEDS to be a #7. Unfortunately, their career advancement is now in the toilet due to reputation by admin. but more importantly, their job is impeded by their attitudes, thus stifling the work they are capable of doing.
    Great list. Wish I could use it when I present at New Teacher Induction but I am pretty sure #1 would get me in trouble unless I could somehow manage to work in “and Jane.” :-)

  7. Heya Kevin –
    One more for you – don’t be afraid to take chances. If you believe in something, go for it. Kinda goes with “know when to run.”
    Oh, and along with “be passionate,” enjoy what you do. If you don’t love it, and you’re watching the clock at work, you’re doing the wrong thing.

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