Career Self-Management Definition
The continuous development of oneself and one’s career through self-analysis, career exploration, and self-promotion.
- Show an awareness of one’s own strengths and areas for development.
- Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
- Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
- Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
- Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
- Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
- Establish, maintain, and or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
- Seek and embrace development opportunities.
- Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.
Source: NACE Career Readiness Competencies
- What are my values, and how do these translate to the work I will do in my career?
- Do I have a meaningful connection with people in my network?
- Am I currently maintaining my professional network?
- What steps have I taken to create a positive digital presence?
- Do I have a sponsor or mentor? Is there someone who will advocate for me when I’m not in the room?
Self-Analysis and Management
- Use the Career Center’s Focus2Career tool to further explore your career.
- Fill out an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Templates can be found online, or try this one provided by the AAAS.
- Conduct informational interviews (career conversations) with professionals in a field you’re interested in.
- Attend career fairs.
- Attend conferences.
- Attend networking mixers.
- Connect with colleagues and professionals on LinkedIn.
Building a Personal Brand
- Craft an email signature.
- Update your LinkedIn profile (picture, bio, achievements, etc.).
- Create a portfolio.