By Sharon Fleshman
Whether you want to get a running start at your new job, invigorate your current career, or make a complete shift, being proactive is always a wise move. Consider the following strategies and commit to moving forward with at least one action step by the end of the summer.
Conduct Self-Assessment: What do you want and what can you offer?
- Reflect on past experiences and accomplishments and consider where you were energized and made impact.
- Assess your skills, interests, personality traits and values using informal worksheets or career inventories.
- Read about careers and job announcements and see what resonates with you.
- Read more about self-assessment here.
Build Your Network: With whom should you exchange insight and information?
- Conduct informational interviews via resources such as the Penn Alumni Career Network and LinkedIn.
- Join a professional association or career-related group.
- Set up a LinkedIn profile.
- Become active in your alumni organization and online groups.
Plan for Professional Development: What do you need to learn and strengthen?
- Attend a career-related seminar or conference.
- Take a class.
- Apply to get a certificate or another degree.
- Participate in a project that will help you develop targeted skills and broaden your exposure.
- Read more about professional development here.
Cultivate Professional Presence: How can you find new opportunities to apply, share, and highlight your skills, strengths and expertise?
- Join a committee in your office or in a professional association.
- Write an article for a blog or newsletter.
- Initiate or participate in a social media discussion on LinkedIn or Twitter.
- Present at a meeting or conference.
- Volunteer at an organization of interest.