What am I good at? What do I think is important? Where am I in my career? What ambitions do I have for the future? What other jobs do I enjoy?
It is good to occasionally consciously reflect on where you are in your work. This includes taking a look at what you are good at, how you further develop your talents and where your ambitions lie. This can be done by asking for feedback from your manager and colleagues, participating in a training course that focuses on career orientation, testing yourself in a scan or an assessment, examining other positions within the university or looking behind the scenes at another job or organization.
Do you need advice on where you now stand in terms of your career and on the development opportunities available to you? Make an appointment for an exploratory interview. The purpose of the interview is to look at what exactly you are looking for and to advise you on the appropriate options. Because of the coronavirus situation, we are currently offering this service via Teams.
If you decide, post-intake, to take part in a career guidance track or training course for example, or to take coaching, this will always be in consultation with your manager – this is because it may take time or incur costs.
Where do your talents lie and which of your competencies are suitable for further development? A useful way of gaining a clearer idea of this is to ask your manager, colleagues, employees, or customers for feedback. This could be in relation to the competencies that form part of your current position, but also to a possible next step in your career.
Use the digital feedback instrument to ask other people to give feedback on competencies chosen by you. Log in to the UFO website to find the digital feedback instrument, together with an instruction guide in the menu.
If you would like a clearer picture of your own abilities and ambitions, then the abilities and ambitions scan could be helpful to you. The scan throws light on your options and opportunities. You can then discuss the results with your manager or advisors at the Career Development Centre (CDC).
If you would like to find out the challenges and lessons that lie in your current or possible future position, then the development assessment will be a useful tool for you. The assessment provides pointers towards the direction in which you could proceed and towards how you might work on your personal and professional development. You will receive a report with an assessment and advice.
The scans and assessments are not generally free of charge. Talk to your manager to find out whether a scan or an assessment would be appropriate in your exploration of your career options. For advice on which instrument would be most suitable to your situation, get in touch with an advisor at the Career Development Centre.
Would you like to know what positions are available at UT? What are the requirements for these positions? How many UT employees have this position? For information on this, take a look at the job map . It shows all the positions at UT and you can decide whether there are any that may interest you.
You can also view the competency map to see the positions appropriate to your talents. For example, if strong analytical skills are among your core qualities, what are the positions in which you could put them to good use?
For a detailed explanation of both the job map and the competency map, please see the manual.
If you have seen a position that appeals to you, you should discuss it with your manager or HR advisor.
To gain a realistic idea of whether a particular position is right for you, spending a day shadowing someone already employed in that position could be worthwhile. Using a digital feedback instrument, you could also ask for feedback on the competencies that go with a position you are interested in. The Job Alert will keep you up to date on job vacancies at UT.
Getting a fresh perspective can sometimes be very stimulating – this could be achieved in an exploratory conversation with a colleague, for example, or by shadowing someone in a position that interests you. It is a chance to experience the ‘reality’ of the position and the ambience of a particular working environment. Other benefits include networking opportunities, learning from others, and acquiring new experiences and insights that you can use in your own work setting.
For an overview of positions at UT, see the job map.
Who am I, what do I want, what am I capable of? To make any progress in your personal and professional development, an important first step is to have a good idea of your own personality, abilities, and wishes. To assist you with this, we are offering five tests that you can do at a time and place of your own choosing.
Only you will be able to see the results and they will not be stored. If you would like to keep the results, you can store them yourself at the end. Should you not do so, they will not be retained.
THE FIVE TESTS
If you have any questions about the information on this website or would like personal advice or a custom-made action plan, please contact a CDC employee.