Your Career – what’s now. what’s next. what if.
BlessingWhite’s career program for individuals, Your Career, has a structured approach that supports career exploration today, encourages planning for tomorrow, and anticipates the unexpected.
Your Career is a blend of tried-and-true components of our career development approach, including the X model of engagement, a focus on values and the need for an action plan to ensure career to-do’s happen. At the same time, the program introduces fresh language, the latest research on resiliency, a different approach to program deployment, and micro-learning sustainability elements.
- what’s now acknowledges that career development is happening every day. It’s not something that is “out there in the future” but rather, is happening all around you as you move through your days. This chapter supports individuals as they explore their identity, their reputation, and the gap that sometimes exists between the two.
- what’s next is about goal setting and action planning. It also introduces the concept of career community—the mutual benefit and long-term stability created by communities that share common interests. In short, it’s about how you can get help from others and help them in return as you develop your career.
- what if helps establish resiliency in the face of change. Many individuals will experience both expected and unexpected change over the course of their careers. This chapter helps people build resiliency by providing the tools they need to support movement after change occurs.
This program, developed in three two-hour chapters, allows participants to:
- Reflect on their identity—who they are, what is important to them, what they are good at, and what they like to do
- Explore their reputation—how others perceive them and the impact of their reputation on the work they are attracting
- Develop actions for minimizing the disconnect between identity and reputation
- Establish goals and create actions plans for career
- Think about the concept of community—how supporting others can be mutually beneficial in career and in life
- Prepare for intentional and unintentional career disruptions with coping strategies and concrete steps that reinforce a focus on skills and experience