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Part 2: Introduction > Creating a New Career Path

Chapter 6. Creating a New Career Path

Not only to survive but to experience success in the rapidly redefining, reshaping, and restructuring world of work it is necessary to control your career pathway and your professional progress. And, considering the probable length of your work lifetime, you want to feel passionate about what you do and where and under what circumstances you do it. Your training, HRD, or workplace learning and performance work should challenge you to grow, to learn, and to expand your professional horizons. It’s important to your professional success to create a vision that focuses on your future career direction and enables you to identify the most practical path to reach it. When the time comes to reflect on your life’s work and its professional outcomes, we hope it will be with satisfaction and a sense of completion about attaining your career dreams and fulfilling your potential. It’s not enough to have a vision; you must transform it into something tangible by setting goals, objectives, and strategies for living your dream. How do you go about doing this effectively and efficiently? What is the key for being in charge of your career?

I believe that a role that we have, which we have not done a lot of work on yet, around helping people find their potential is also helping people find their meaning. And if we are going to do that, then [we need to address] what’s the meaning in our work. How many of us have really said to ourselves, “This is what I was meant to do. This provides me with fulfillment and is worthwhile, and is contributing to society, and is helping people.” How many of us can really say that and have explored that and believe that?

—Neal Chalofsky, associate professor and director of the HRD doctoral program, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC



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