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34 Chapter 4. Taking Charge of Your Career Now that you know more about the current realities of training, HRD, and workplace learning and performance and the career opportunities that exist there, how can you take advantage of that knowledge? Here we'll gather the information presented in the first three chapters into the Career Opportunities Model, a graphic tool that presents your potential career moves holistically--as in- terconnected options. By offering a wide-angle perspective of the choices you have for identifying and taking on exciting and challenging work within this field, and depicting the fluidity with which you can exercise several work options simultaneously, the model can help you make some career- direction decisions and prepare you for the practical career-moving exercises presented in the sec- ond part of this book. To make the most of this tool and the possibility thinking it engenders, adjust your thinking in three ways: 1. 2. 3. Think of job fluidity and dynamism rather than static roles and job titles. Think creatively of where work is needed and what client base you can serve. Think entrepreneurially about how you can strengthen and package your skills, education, and experience to do that work. ways that trends, issues, and workplace realities affect the field types of opportunities for doing work that needs doing how, where, and by whom the work is accomplished client bases served by the work purposes accomplished by the work. The model incorporates the following elements: · · · · · Brought together into one cohesive piece, this model portrays opportunities in the field and offers you a way to visualize yourself operating in it in a way that is meaningful for you and improves the lives of the workers you serve. The Career Opportunities Model Let's take a look at the model (figure 1) and see how you can use it to propel your career forward. The model comprises five sections hinged by arrows that depict connection and movement. Overall, the model emphasizes fluidity. First, note how the sections of the model interrelate with one another. You'll find that this "model reality" actually does reflect your experiences in the field. Next, look at the arrows. Some are single-tipped and identify how the contents of one section flow into and affect another section. Other arrows are double-headed to depict the fluid movement among opportunities within that section.