How can I progress on my career path?
Just as you help your child as he or she grows, learns, and develops, you need to support your own growth and development. By nurturing your own self-confidence, learning, life planning, and by making sure you continue to build skills, you are managing your career in a proactive way. Nurture and challenge yourself as you nurture and challenge your child.
Review these sections of this Web site and think about how you can apply these ideas to your own career development:
- Fostering self-confidence
Your self-confidence is as important to your success as your children's is to theirs. Think about how you can apply these ideas about self-confidence to yourself. For example, be aware of your accomplishments and reward yourself; don't be afraid to try new things.
- Understanding learning style
Review the learning styles with you in mind, and then apply what you understand about your own style to your everyday life and work.
- Exploring interests
Reflect on your own interests and let them guide you to set out on new paths and pursue new activities.
- Developing skills and abilities
Articulating your skills and abilities is important in any work environment. Assess your own skills and work on developing new ones.
- Developing good work
Evaluate your work habits and set goals to improve those that might need improvement.
Think about your own motivation in life and at work. Take care of yourself, avoid negative self-talk, and you will find new stores of energy to pursue your dreams.
- Experiencing and keeping
informed about the world of work
Don't let changes in your workplace, job, or industry surprise you. Prepare yourself for change by understanding the world around you.
- Creating lifelong learning plans
A plan for education and personal growth over your lifetime is as important for you as it is for your child. Spend some time developing your own plan based on these steps.
- Encouraging extra-curricular activities
Consider your own life's balance and prioritize some activities outside your work.
- Using quality career information
In your decision-making, make sure you are informed about the options by using good sources of information.
You also may find that you want or need to return to school to pursue your dreams. These sections of this Web site can inform your pursuit of education as well as your children's:
- Choosing the right educational path
- Finding the right college or training program
- Locating financial aid
- Being aware of money