CAREER MATURITY: A SYSTEMATIC PROCESS

April 18, 2016
by David

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In the global world today, there have been a proper harnessing of talents and creativity which was generated through adequate exposition in humans, and it has gone further to shape the economy of countries which cut across all sectors of governance, this was made possible through career development.  We cannot delve into such a phenomenon, without establishing its meaning, Career can be defined according to the dictionary as a job or profession inhabited by a subject over a long period or a period of time spent in a job or profession. On the other hand, Development can be stated as the act of growing or state of creating something or made more advanced.

From my understanding, Career development can be described as a human simultaneous progression in a particular chosen field through proper theoretical and practical elucidation.In the global world today, there have been a proper harnessing of talents and creativity which was generated through adequate exposition in humans, and it has gone further to shape the economy of countries which cut across all sectors of governance, this was made possible through career development.

We cannot delve into such a phenomenon, without establishing its meaning, Career can be defined according to the dictionary as a job or profession inhabited by a subject over a long period or a period of time spent in a job or profession. On the other hand, Development can be stated as the act of growing or state of creating something or made more advanced. From my understanding, Career development can be described as a human simultaneous progression in a particular chosen field through proper theoretical and practical elucidation.   When we take a proper look at several nations today, we could infer that their retrogression is practically as a result of insufficient understanding of their field, improper learning, and little or no practical experience to progress.

I would be enlisting the important steps, an individual aiming for a brighter career should indulge in and how it can be useful to their current state and societal growth.

  • Moral and Ethics: For an individual to create a good start to their career objectives, they need to understand the importance of this particular element. This factor cut across every other stages in life, it must be well developed and established. A man growing up from his elementary stage, must be exposed to making the right decisions and following the rules that has been laid down either by an academic institute, parent or guardian, a company, even by a residing state and country. No one is above the law and should learn to do what is right at all times regardless of a situation, it will assist every individual to attain his career height.
  • Learning: It is simply an act of acquiring knowledge through study. It has been proved from analysis, that the day one stops learning, such an individual becomes irrelevant to the world. It is so surprising that some people still asks professionals or expertise in a field, “why do you still study”. It is an evolution through extensive research carried out by the turn of event or through discoveries of some sort and possibly unimaginable crisis that needed instantaneous attention for a possible solution. The real deal is never stop learning, if you ever want to reach the top or remain among the elite and the learned.
  • Education: It is a form of learning that generates proper understanding of the human nature and environment. It is not limited to academics alone but a general idea of how humans must live and co-exist with others on earth. However, I would be dwelling on the academic view by virtue of our focus on career, we need to understand where we belong, what our passion is, how we can contribute and affect our generation positively, etc. All these and much more can only be instilled and elaborated through academic exposition, ranging from elementary school to high school, to tertiary institutions (graduate and post-graduate level). At the peak of academic hierarchy, where you either obtain a Doctor of philosophy (PhD) or Master of philosophy (MPhil) depending on the course or field of research. Everyone should acquire knowledge, it is one of the core values of career development.
  • Materials and Professional Certifications: On this note, there are required documents including presentation slides, electronic files, related course books, manuals, etc., which scholars must purchase when striving to improve on their current knowledge. This is not only useful during obtaining a degree but gives humans an edge above other graduates in the field when sourcing for a lucrative job offer. Humans should know that, in this current dispensation, there are competition out there and companies would always love to source for the best candidate regardless of their financial package.
  • Achievements: This is a crucial factor for everyone that has started off a career, you must be able to grade and evaluate your progress in an institution, monthly, quarterly, yearly. How do I fare as a person? Have I developed a new skill of late? What contribution have I add to my department? What would be my appraisal from my superior?. We must learn to weigh our effects during our period in a company, otherwise we better look elsewhere, where we can make positive impact and subsequently progress concurrently.
  • Field/Job Promotion: Whenever an individual have worked within a firm or organization over a period of years, it is mandatory for such a personnel to receive a pay rise and a better position due to its exposure in that department. However, this can only be realized based on merit and achievements. Be active and contribute immensely to an industry or industry you are fortuitous to work with, be a good team leader, ensure proper management and human networking, punctuality is relevant, undergo personal research aside company grants.

These six factors elaborated above should be properly implemented towards reaching a greater height and possibly leaving a positive mark and influence on our generation. We must learn also to state the vision and mission of our career goal, it will assist in planning and organizing of our steps and how will desire to achieve it.

My verdict on career pursuit, is that, “Strive to be the best at what you do.”

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