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According to The Balance Careers, career development is an ongoing process that forms an individual’s work identity. It begins when, as a child, you notice that grownups have many different jobs; policemen, doctors, retail workers, teachers, etc. The process continues as you grow and discover other types of occupations through observation, exploration or education.

The career development process continues even after selecting a profession for yourself. You must obtain the education and training necessary, apply for and get hired for a job in your field, and continue learning formally and informally in order to advance in your career. Along the way, most people experience both job and career changes. So, you can see why the learning never ends!

Angelo J. Rivera described career development as the evolution or development of a career, informed by the following:

  1. Experience within a specific field of interest
  2. Success at each stage of development
  3. Educational attainment commensurate with each increment stage
  4. Communications (the capacity to analytically reflect one’s suitability for a job through the cover letter, resume, and/or the interview process)
  5. Understanding of career development as a navigable process.

Organizations are realizing the importance of providing career development opportunities for their employees. Employees who are offered the opportunity to develop will feel valued and may be more motivated to continue with a company that believes in their personal growth. Offering this type of training also allows employees to have equal opportunities to improve themselves and their skills and therefore advance in their careers.

If your organization does not offer formal development training, it’s up to you! Career planning and development is essential for success. To progress in your career and achieve your goals you need to plan forward and continuously develop your skill set. You also need to actively pursue professional development opportunities to ensure that you gain the relevant work experience needed to stay on top of your field. Mapping out the process will allow you to track your progression and motivate you to stay on course. Life-long career development can lead to personal growth and empowerment, goal attainment and an increase in personal success and happiness.

The National Career Development Association promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Every November, career development professionals are encouraged to celebrate with career related activities. During National Career Development Month, NCDA sponsors an annual Poetry and Art Contest. "Using Careers to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve Equity" is the theme for this year's contest. 

November 2018 is National Career Development Month

November 12-16, 2018 is National Career Development Week

November 14, 2018 is National Career Development Day

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