Reaction Gauge: Career Development

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Reaction Gauge: Career Development

Posted by Lindsay Pietenpol on Jun 6, 2019 8:12 am

Career coach Erin Urban estimates that the vast majority of professionals take a backseat in their career development. They don’t regularly invest in their professional growth, assuming their organizations will tell them what skills to learn. According to Urban, professionals must invest in their own continuous improvement plans to achieve their career goals. How do you approach professional growth? What, if any, assistance does your organization offer?

Re: Reaction Gauge: Career Development

Posted by Alexander Kholodov on Jun 7, 2019 2:36 am

Thanks for raising this, Lindsay - the topic resonates with me and, I hope, will be of continued relevance through the whole life (including, yet not limited to, the actual career).

In the Quality field, which today, as I see it, increases its expectation of practitioner's ability to expand their knowledge and competencies, where the latter needs to work even more interdisciplinary/cross-functionally and across industries.

I am the believer that professional growth is a personal responsibility of an individual.

On the other hand, thinking organization-wise,it will be hard, if not impossible, to expect a long-term success for the entity, if it does not effectively recognize that the choices and commitments of the employees are highly impacted by their opportunities to grow professionally with their current organization.

To sum up, there is needs & expectations aspect, both for the team (company) and the employee, that should have sufficient "contact area" for both sides to succeed/thrive. The important for the individual is to realize if there is a match between one's aspirations and the team (company) culture, and vice versa (for the team).
Importantly, needs & expectations is not something static, but continuously evolving/developing process, so it is good to assess not the snapshot of now (today), but "motion vector" for own aspirations and those that are expected/encouraged by the team/organization.

Alexander Kholodov

Re: Reaction Gauge: Career Development

Posted by Atousa Pourfard on Jun 8, 2019 3:11 pm

Dear Lindsay,
I am a Quality professional and paid by myself for all my educations, certificates, university degrees, etc. Except my primary and secondary schools which were free. I keep always being in continuing education and professional growth.  
When I was working for SGS Canada, Montreal, in 2017, they paid for a part of my certificates for which I’m so grateful. Despite all my respect for SGS Canada, the organization was not patient enough to wait and see the good result of my education. I came out of SGS while I was in the last steps of finalizing my NDT certificates. It seems investing in my professional growth meant nothing to them.
I always remember when I was paying for my NACE Level 1 in January 2010.  I paid for NACE course before paying for buying my car. I wanted to make sure that I have enough money for NACE. On that time, I had a colleague, he was a technician. He told me “Don’t make “Gaff mistake”, let company pays for you. I answered: Let me do “Gaff mistake” and pay by myself.  I can walk without a car but I cannot grow in life without NACE.
Nothing can replace my happiness when I earned my NACE CIP3 certificate in 2011.  

Atousa Pourfard