Podcast 101 – How to do career planning in a short period of time

Podcast 101 – How to do career planning in a short period of time

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Let’s talk about how to do career planning in a short period of time

In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks with career coach Scotia Lockwood about how busy project managers can do career planning in a short period of time.

Scotia’s passion is to empower professional woman to take control of their careers, whether that is in finding a new role or developing their full potential in their current role, through coaching in communication, leadership skills, productivity effectiveness and building and maintaining successful relationships.

She is a Certified Practicing Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and brings a decade of experience in human resources management and qualifications in management and psychology to her coaching.

Scotia also volunteers as a mentor for the AHRI and QUT Business School, a career advisor for Suited to Success and a blogger for HRMonthly.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • Most of us focus on our jobs, rather than our careers.
  • Staying back at work to get ahead in your current job instead of attending networking events can be holding back your career.
  • Start small. Consider devoting one hour per week to your career.
  • It is important to have a plan regarding your next promotion and your next employer.
  • Not everyone is career-driven, however even if you don’t want to be a CEO, you should still have a plan for the unexpected, such as redundancy, and for changes in your industry in the future.
  • The first step in career planning is to think about your values, what drives you to get out of bed, and what you’ve already achieved.
  • Talking to colleagues or former employers and asking for feedback can build your confidence as others may be more positive about your career than you are.
  • Research best practice in your current role via blogs and podcasts.
  • Check out LinkedIn to find new roles or industries where your skills and experience are valued.
  • Optimising your daily commute by using it for career development, such as perusing LinkedIn or reading a book related to your industry, is a great way to do career planning in a short period of time.
  • Consider professional development, including seeking further training or qualifications.

Start your career planning right now by following Scotia Lockwood’s blog here.


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