Career Development

Career Development – Making the most of existing opportunities

Exploiting the possibilities that are available to you

Don’t miss the opportunities that exist for developing your career here and now.

Find out what is available in your organisation by speaking to someone in HR or training, your line manager or a union representative.  Networking with your colleagues, friends and other contacts can also be a source of ideas.

Developing skills at work

Opportunities may exist for developing your skills and experience, for example:

  • Project work such as developing a website, running a campaign or organising an event could help you gain experience in a different area, develop new skills or take on more responsibility, while enhancing your CV.
  • Secondments involve working in a partner organisation for a limited period while your existing job role is held open, being covered by other staff. You are usually expected to provide a detailed report of your experience. Secondments aim to benefit your original organisation, while giving you an insight into how others operate and allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge.

Appraisals and career development programmes

Appraisal schemes and career development programmes benefit you and your employer because they provide an opportunity to

  • review your progress to date, including your achievements and ongoing challenges
  • offer constructive feedback on your performance
  • agree performance objectives for the following year
  • discuss your aspirations and identify how they might align with the objectives of your organisation
  • look at future potential and promotion
  • identify gaps in skills and training needs
  • discuss your personal development plan or career plan.

Appraisals are often part of the career development programmes employers use to ensure that their staff are appropriately equipped to perform their job role. They also provide an opportunity to consider relevant professional development.

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Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  She believes coaching requires compassion, warmth and empathy. Wendy helps people reach their career goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at and find out more at

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