You don’t have to be in a dead-end job to feel that you’re in a career sleeper-hold. Do you show any of these signs of being in a career rut?
- Are you losing skills (for example writing, speaking to groups or using math) because you don’t use them on the job?
- Have you lost ambition or motivation because there doesn’t seem to be an outlet for it?
- Do you have great ideas but are not in a position to implement, or even communicate them?
- Could you do your job blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back?
If your career progress is veering off course, or going nowhere at all, it may be time to review your career vision and examine your options.
Educators and career development professionals create awareness of the importance of career development in many different ways. Parents also can be involved and encourage their children to start thinking about careers from an early age.
Career development is a lifelong process of learning, exploring, making decisions and preparing for the future. The answers to the questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” and “How do I get there?” change as our lives progress.
Career development begins in early elementary years when we first decide what we will be when we “grow up.” However as we learn more about ourselves and what opportunities are available to us, our career goals evolve.
Career Development Month, beginning Nov. 1, brings awareness to this process and celebrates the mentors, educators, advisors and others who help us every step of the way. On Nov. 15, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will formally announce Gov. Butch Otter’s proclamation of November as Idaho Career Development Month.
At the same ceremony, the Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Career Development Association will present the Leadership in Career Development award to Idahoans who make a significant difference in helping others progress in their career development.
You can increase your understanding of your career goals and the steps for achieving them by:
- Improving your current job skills. Find out about training at your workplace, online or in a class that will help you do your current job better or prepare you for a promotion.
- Learning about an occupation that might be a great fit for you. Use the Idaho Career Information System (CIS) to find out about the skills, preparation, wages and outlook for any occupation that interests you.
- Clarifying your goals. Work with a school counselor or Idaho Department of Labor workforce consultant to plan your next steps.
— Terry Mocettini, technical & support materials coordinator, Career Information System