What is a personal development plan? And why might I need one?
Life is full of annoying administrative tasks you have to do. You may be thinking, why should I add another one to the mix? Besides, isn’t my boss responsible for guiding my career and sharing developmental opportunities with me? Wrong, wrong, wrong. One of my favorite sayings in life comes from the immortal mouth of the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland – “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” What is a Personal Development Plan? A personal development plan is a succinct document that summarizes three important things: 1) Your key skills and experiences to date 2) How you’re looking to develop your skills for the future 3) What roles you’re looking to aspire to as you progress your career When I help career coaching and leadership coaching clients put one of these together, we often start backwards and answer question three: Where do you want to go with your career? That then informs what skills/experiences you will need to get there – which is question two. What skills may you be lacking? What experiences will help you grow and make you the right candidate for that coveted role? The value of a Personal Development Plan To the extent you’re focused and actively managing your career, opportunities won’t literally pass you by. That pet project that will give you added visibility? You’ll know to ask for it, particularly if you’re looking for the all-important promotion. And the added benefit of asking your line manager to complete the personal development plan exercise with you, means it’s also on their radar screen as well. Who needs a Personal Development Plan? You do, no matter how early or late you are in your career, no matter what track your career is on. It’s important you start thinking about this right away when you’re in a new job. And if it’s not on your manager’s radar screen, initiate the conversation yourself. Prepare a draft, ask for their input. Ultimately, it’s up to you to be in the driving seat of your career! Shelley Pernot is a leadership and career coach who is passionate about helping her clients discover their strengths and talents and find a career that utilizes them. Reach out to me here for a free consultation to learn more about the coaching process and how it may benefit you!
January 18, 2022
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How a Career Coach in Austin Will Help
Should I Call an Austin Career Coach? Perhaps you’re thinking it’s time for a promotion? Or maybe a career change? What about starting your own business? Or maybe you’re wondering if you’ll ever manage to find a career your feel passionate about because you’re living a version of groundhog day, doing the same thing day in and day out. A career coach in Austin, TX, can help you explore these questions as well as challenge your beliefs that may be holding you back from success. Career Coaches Understand Today’s Recruitment Methods Linkedin, Indeed – the bottom line is the job market has changed. You upload your resume into a nameless, faceless database and you never hear back. How can this be – you were perfect for that job! Recruiting has changed too, whether we like it or not. How can a person possibly stay abreast of all the latest developments? A career coach in Austin is skilled at helping you navigate this new and confusing world. Hire a Career Coach in Austin to Find Clarity Wondering how to start a whole new career path? Shelley Pernot has access to a number of helpful assessments like the Highlands Ability Battery that provide much needed clarity on your strengths and natural abilities. Once your strengths have been identified and the way forward becomes more clear, she provides tips and techniques for making a smooth career transition. Your Free Consultation Starts the Process Shelley is excited to help you with your next career decision. Contact Shelley Pernot today for your complementary career coaching consultation by filling out this form or calling (512) 200-4269. If you’re wanting to get a jump start on finding your dream job, download chapter two of her book Running on Empty here, it’s filled with countless tips and exercises to get you thinking. .
May 1, 2018
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No Life Direction? No Problem.
Have you ever suffered as a result of having no life direction? Here's a tip on tapping into and trusting the power of your intuition.
January 30, 2018
4.1 min read
How Career Coaching Can Change Your Life
Life is Hard. Finding Your Passion Doesn’t Have to Be. Think about it. When you were young and immature you were handed one of the biggest decisions you can make. You were supposed to decide what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. At 18, it’s often a struggle to even decide where you want to eat your next meal, let alone decide how to spend the next 40+ years. The reason that so many people are often left unsatisfied with their life is because they are tasked with making a career decision before they are ready. People change. Things change. If you feel stuck or stagnant in life maybe it is time to look introspectively at what it is you truly want or desire out of life. If it’s your career that is draining your happiness, maybe career coaching is for you. Take it from me, I understand what it feels like to stare at the clock blankly waiting for the time to pass until you can escape. Many years and dollars later I have discovered my passion and want to help you do the same. You Don’t Have to Be on the Verge of Career Crisis Career coaching is not reserved for those who who are at the point of storming out of the office yelling “I QUIT”. Everyone goes through phases of general dissatisfaction with their careers. Hey, life isn’t perfect. The beauty of my career coaching services is that no matter how trivial or tremendous your career troubles, I can help you refocus or redirect your passion and talent. Find Your Why With Career Coaching My career coaching includes a process that is proven to work. Here’s why: most career consultants often focus too much on the what. You take several tests that cost hundreds of dollars to end with a career suggestion such as “teacher” or “software engineer”. This may be a starting place, but not the right one. What you truly need to discover is the why. Why you do what you do. To find the source of your drive, I will guide you through a series of questions such as: What is that one thing that gets you excited every morning? Why do you do what you do? Why are you unhappy in your career? Why is one career path more appealing to you than another? Once you answer these essential questions, you are ready to learn how. Ready to Learn How? Once we have figured out the essential “why”, the next step is learning how. We’ll build an actionable plan so that you can seamlessly integrate your newfound passion into your life. Not only will I help you create this actionable plan, but I will give continuous support to ensure that your passion is being followed. My career coaching is here to help propel you towards your goals. Don’t Wait for Your Life to Pass You By. Reach Out to Me Today If you feel that you […]
September 29, 2017
2.8 min read
“I have found this executive coaching experience incredibly enriching and valuable in particular as I have begun to internalize the questioning approach in my own reflections on issues that I face.”
“After each career coaching session, I come with away with more clarity on my own purpose and how to bring more of what I want into my life, both professionally and personally.”
“Her career coaching system really helped me develop professional and personal confidence while guiding me towards a path I can really be proud of.”
“I have actually made things happen and taken big steps that I was always afraid of taking before, after Shelley’s constant and persistent ‘what is stopping you?’ made me realize I was stopping myself.”
L. de Ponte
“Working with Shelley as my career coach, I have been able to achieve my goals of increasing my confidence within the work environment, developing a vision and plan for my career and communicating more effectively.”
“I have been able to move seamlessly to another position within the company and Shelley’s leadership coaching helped me to clarify questions I needed to ask to help with that transition!”
“Shelley’s leadership coaching took me through a number of exercises that got me thinking in a different frame of mind and gave me clarity on what I want my future to look like.”
“Shelley’s leadership coaching helped me transition into my new role and to achieve my goals of improving the level of engagement with my peers and senior leadership.”
“Through working with Shelley as my career coach I was able to identify where some of my natural abilities weren’t being used and how that led me to be unhappy. Now I’m shifting to a career and an industry that is fully enthralling and I couldn’t be happier!”
C. Van Ert
“The insights Shelley relayed during our collaborative leadership coaching sessions translated into relevant and thought provoking training which I find very useful for the business world.”
“I now have clarity around what specific career roles to apply to, why I would be a great fit for those roles, what my natural abilities are, how to leverage those abilities and how I want to balance career with other priorities in my life. Both gentle and direct, her career coaching helped me reframe limiting beliefs and perspectives so that I could achieve a major break through.”