The Absolute Path

the first step in developing career goals is to assess your own personal characteristics--your skills and interests, your likes and dislikes, and your strengths and weaknesses. you may then match your "profile" to a specific job or career goal. you may also want to identify aspects of your present and past jobs that will help you determine your career goals such as

  • traits or skills that are required.

  • aspects of the previous jobs you liked and disliked.

  • skills you have developed through education, jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, clubs, employee organizations, and the like.

  • training you've had that can be applied to future jobs.

  • specific areas of your performance appraisals that have been rated above or below satisfactory.

  • your willingness to relocate or work other than a normal work shift.

  • personal time and effort you are willing to commit to preparing for career advancement.

Your career at Incode

Once you have determined your skills, strengths, and interests, you can use various tools to explore and identify the career areas that "fit" your profile. Career ladders identify opportunities for possible career change or promotion from one job classification to another. the career ladders pullout, in the center of this handbook, displays the promotion and potential transfer patterns for most classifications used by the board.

Setting Your IT Career Goal

Your IT career goal should represent you ultimately hope to accomplish. this goal may be to obtain a specific position or to work in a specific career field. when you set your IT goal, set a reasonable time frame indicating when you would like to reach your career goal. your career goal may include a job that you're now qualified for as well as a job you want to qualify for in the future. however, keep in mind that your career goal should be realistic and attainable-one that is reachable through your ongoing developmental efforts.

An excellent way to research a IT career field is to talk with individuals who are working in that field. most people are happy to talk about the kind of work they do, and people who are performing the job can often provide you a more realistic description of what the job is really like. explain that you are exploring your career options and are considering their field as a possible career. ask them for an honest assessment of their job, such as the pros and cons of the work, the most rewarding features, and the most frustrating aspects.