by Deborah Knox on July 17, 2012

Continuing with our assessment of these important skill sets lets’ take a look at the remaining skills required to successfully manage your career and the change process. The same skill sets required to manage your career are necessary for being successfully self employed. Rank the following skills from 1 – 5, 1 being “not at all” to 5 representing “mastery.”

Leadership – As a leader to collaborators, customers and other consultants in your field, or business community, you excel at creating long-lasting relationships are reconzied as a recognized leader in your field.

  • You possess the ability to act as a leader and develop the discipline of building community
  • You are committed to aligning various courses of action that will empower individuals
  • You are willing to co-create and share the results.

Computer Technology – The ability to learn new databases and technology and integrate the latest social media, is a key determinant of successful employability.

  • You demonstrate competence with online resourcing, including social media accessibility
  • · You adequately demonstrate database management and retrieval and work processing skills.
  • You effectively use online research tools to access career and industry-related information.

Growth and Development – There is a need for a plan for continuous self-development and lifelong learning. We need to stay passionate about our subject matter and motivated from within to master these skills as well as others essential to outstanding performance.  Mastering this skill set will set you up with a plan for life long learning

  •  You create a plan and identify resources to acquire new skills
  • You have a plan for developing more personal and professional balance
  • You realize your goals of continuous learning to become all you can be and to reach your potential requires a financial investment

Creativity and Visioning – You’ll need this skill set to initiate new activities and to create a “buzz” of originality to your products and services.

  • You quickly respond and act on something so compelling that is right in front of you
  • You intuitively know what can and must be done.
  • You possess the ability to initiate , develop and maintain ideas and synthesize, adapt and improve.

Time Management – Time is one of the most personal tools for transformation when you are engaged in work that you love and when you are self-directed. The continuum of activities that you are responsible for on a daily basis requires the ability to manage your time.  Try these out

  • You develop a list of goals on a weekly basis of things that have to be done and somehow stick to most of it
  • You are comfortable with the balance of time spent working “on”the busiess and “in” the business
  • You manage to accept there will be days when you don’t get enough done but acknowledge what you did accomplish.

 How did you make out? Do you have what it takes to manage your career and to develop a fulfilling path toward self employment?  Next, create a learning plan for developing those skills where you need to grow your mastery. For more information go to www.lifeworktransitions.com


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