A career can be thought of as a progression of jobs and related experiences that are focused toward growth within an occupation or industry.
Whether you are looking for a job, investigating industry career possibilities, or wanting to develop yourself professionally, there are at least four skills you must have to be successful to find or develop your career:
Whatever your approach to career discovery or development, strategically selecting the right jobs and assignments along the way can further your career, allowing you to grow and to achieve your goals more easily.
Savvy seekers use a combination of methods to select the right job, such as gaining accurate self-knowledge, creating compelling goals, and crafting plans for achieving those goals.
Each of the jobs profiled on this website has been described using nine career comparison points. The same nine points also appear in My Career Profile, which is a savable PDF file that contains a series of prompts and checklists organized around those nine points.
To receive more insight and planning prompts and lists, please download My Career Profile. This is also a valuable tool for creating your resume.
Recognizing that an in-depth profile with lots of valuable prompts may not be needed by all site visitors, we have provided a summary below of the nine points and a brief explanation of each.
Personality – individual differences in patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that that can either help or hinder one’s effectiveness at work, depending the requirements of the type of work performed.
Personality assessments allow you to discover how similar your behavior preferences are to others who perform the same type of work. Assessments can be particularly helpful if you are new to the industry and you are trying to decide if you would enjoy a particular job and have not had a chance to see the job actually being performed or know people in that line of work.
The following short assessment (less than 10 minutes to complete) is free and has been used to analyze each of the jobs in the Job Profile section. The assessment yields a description of six distinct personality types/traits – Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
Take the assessment here: www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip (and note your top type/traits)
Skills – physical, mental or emotional abilities that are learned and improved to meet or exceed a certain standard through deliberate practice.
Values – beliefs about what is desirable or undesirable at work, important or unimportant, needed or not needed, good or bad.
Compensation – the money you earn in exchange for your time, labor, or services.
Travel and Relocation Opportunities – the present and future travel and relocation opportunities for a particular job.
Education and Experience – the formal and informal learning that one has completed and the knowledge that is required for a particular job.
Client and Team Members – the recipient of your services. The customer/client may be inside the business (a co-worker, for example) or outside of the business.
Workplace Environment and Culture – the physical and psychological environment of the workplace.
Career Path – where you want to end up with your career and the steps to get you there.
If you have half an hour to devote to your career planning, the planning elements in My Career Plan could help you to uncover what you truly want out of your job/career. My Career Plan is a savable PDF file that contains a series of prompts and inventories to get you thinking about what matters most to you for a rewarding career. You can save the file after you have filled it in and use it to evaluate potential positions using the nine career comparison points in the plan.
After you complete the insight exercises with the nine points, you will have a section devoted to the specific actions you intend to take to move your career forward. (Download My Career Profile)
If you are a veteran or are transitioning from the military to civilian life (or are family), we would like to thank you for your service and offer you a few resources that may help you to find and develop a rewarding new career in the insurance and risk management industry.