5 parts of successful career development

A well-developed career plan will help you grow professionally!

To make your career plan effective:

  • Include milestones with tasks
  • Plan timelines and outcomes

A Career Plan is your business plan to ensure you get the results you want and make sure you are always advancing towards your goals!

The plan will help you land your dream job. It will help you build your career. It will help you manage your career.

Credentials are evidence of your key skills, work ethic, drive, and persistence.

To be noticed by employers, you must earn credentials tied to your occupation, position, or industry you target.

Credentials come in 2 different forms:

Academic Credentials

  • Education (degree, diploma)
  • Training (certificate, diploma)

Professional Credentials

  • Licenses
  • Certificates
  • Memberships in professional associations
  • Externships

Work experience

Credentials get you an interview.


Critical thinking … helps employees solve problems and build strategies.

Hiring Managers test critical thinking skills in your interview.

What is critical thinking?

  • Identify a problem or issue.
  • Create inferences on why the problem exists and how it can be solved.
  • Collect information or data on the issue through research.
  • Organize and sort data and findings.
  • Develop and execute solutions.
  • Analyze what solutions worked or didn’t work.
  • Identify ways to improve the solution.

Critical thinking skills are essential in every industry at every career level. Therefore, you already have critical thinking skills to apply to your new career. 

Critical Thinking skill gets you a job offer.

Between two seemingly equal candidates, organizations are now prioritizing “soft skills” as the key differentiator.

In LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends report, 92% of talent acquisition professionals reported that soft skills are equally or more important to hire for than hard skills.

89% said that when a new hire doesn’t work out, it’s because they lack critical soft skills. 

What Are Soft Skills?

  • Attitude
  • Communication (both listening and speaking skills)
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership qualities
  • Time management
  • Decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Networking
  • Empathy
  • Problem-solving

Soft Skills keep you employed and get you promotions.

Putting It All Together.

Five Stages of the Job Search Process

  1. Build a portfolio: Resume, Cover Letter, Branding Statement, Reference List.
  2. Prepare Job Search Tools: Appointment Concentrationing System.
  3. Find Hiring Companies.
  4. Network (Social and Face-to-face).
  5. Interview.

Career Plan + Credentials + Critical and Soft Skills + Drive and Determination = a Successful Career. 

The 5 parts are critical to get the result you want; they will help you stand out as a valuable and desirable employee in the 2022-2029 Job Market.

As a targeted, career-training partner, we hope to fill the gaps in your skills, so you are prepared for the job search and your career!

But what are your opportunities in the economy and job market in 2022 and beyond?

Across all occupations, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) projects more than 17 million openings each year, on average, from 2019 to 2029.

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