Advancing your career
Step 1 – Know yourself
The first step in career exploration at Maxxam is discovering who you are. You can take the time to re-evaluate or identify in more depth your values, interests, and skills. You need to know how you will fit with the position you are interested in, and what you have to offer the team.
- What is important to me?
- What do I do well?
- What skills have I developed in this job?
- Have I identified the team/environment I want to work in?
- What skills will they be looking for?
- What are my current priorities?
- What is my desired work/life balance?
Are your skills able to meet the needs of the Company? Opportunities exist across many different markets at Maxxam. To meet those needs you must continually ensure your “marketability.” By going through the process of identifying your skills, aptitudes, and abilities you will:
- Have a better understanding of what you have to offer various departments
- Recognize your own strengths and preferences
- Identify any additional education and training that is required to reach your goal
Step 2: Assess your idea
Once you have information about your interests, values, and skills, and have considered how they fit with the research you have done about your next move within Maxxam, you should be in a good position to make an informed decision about a good match for the next step in your career at Maxxam. When making a career decision, it’s important to look at your interests and values, abilities and opportunities.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is there a fit between my identified next step and my values?
- Will I be motivated and enjoy the position I identified?
- Is there opportunity for employment?
- Do I have the skills, abilities and experience required for this position?
- Conduct informational interview(s) to explore your ideas
Step 3 – Create an Action Plan
Now that you have identified your objectives, you will need to create a plan of action – a road map to lead you to your goal. Using what you know about your skills, abilities, and the experience required to move through the career path you’ve chosen, you can set long and short-term goals to help you achieve your overall career objectives. These goals should include any education, training, and experience you require, as well as your strategy to move through the steps of your chosen career path.
Try not to limit your openness to redirecting your goal to a different career path. Life is unpredictable, so your path may change throughout your career at Maxxam. Each new opportunity will open new doors and possibly create new interests. As we live through transitions and changes in our lives, we will need to revisit, reassess, and revise our goals. It is important to realize that your career planning includes more than “work”. Community involvement, volunteering, training and education, and personal experiences are also valuable roads along your career path.