Did you know that 45% of your career success is reliant on your educational qualifications and job related skills while a massive 55% of your success will be determined by your ability to build and manage your career? (T. Watts, OECD, 2003)
This means that over half your life-time earning capacity can be determined by your ability to interview well, present your ideas convincingly and network effectively!
Based upon this research, it makes a whole lot of sense for you to invest some time in developing the skills that will ensure you are able to build and manage your career effectively.
But why should you? Well for quite a while now, you’ve been waking up each morning with that same yuck feeling in the pit of your stomach. “If it wasn’t for the mortgage, if it wasn’t for the bills...”
You know the daily grind is taking its toll but you feel powerless to do anything about it.
Breaking news: “The “daily grind” trap does not discriminate!”
Doctor, lawyer, politician or parking inspector – all can fall victim to this malicious career-life infliction.
However, despite how bad it may seem right now – there is an antidote. The remedy comes in the form of a career-life toolkit loosely called “Career Resiliency Skills”.
Do you really believe in your value? Do you really believe in the product and service you are offering?
In business – if you don’t – you’re out of business!
The key, then, is to look upon your employment as being in business for yourself.
Hence, you need to understand your product value, how marketable your product is to other employers and how to keep your product in demand in the labour market.
For some of you, this is a big turnoff – however, this is the essence of career resilience. It means accepting that YOU are in control of your own career. It also means that the best way to build your career is to be an outstanding performer for whomever you work for.
To assist you, the following quiz divides the essential components of Career Resilience into four key areas and will assist you to analyse your ability in each.