Do You Have A Career Development Plan?

Part 20 of 20 in the Series: Career Paths for Database Professionals
Who Is Responsible For My Career?
Who Is Responsible For My Career?

Lurline from Jamaica, feels stuck in her current career and wants to be a database / business intelligence analyst. Here is Lurline’s question

Initially my goal was to become a business / Business Intelligence analyst but I have not gotten the chance to get the hands on that is so necessary.

At age 45 I think it has gotten worse I am thinking of changing career.

How can I get exposure to the top BI software and tools?

Getting Things Done: The Art Of Time Management

Part 1 of 7 in the Series: How To Become A Project Manager
GTD: Getting Things Done By David Allen
GTD: Getting Things Done By David Allen

It is important in business to deliver whatever is promised on time.

However, the urgency attached to deadlines can become overwhelming due to all the multi-tasking, conflicting priorities or task / time juggling that we all have to do!

However, from the viewpoint of a client or employer, saying, “I didn’t have enough time is a sure sign of poor time management skills or incompetency.”

The inconvenient truth is that missing a deadline is unprofessional and excuses are no longer welcome in today’s fast-paced workplace.

How To Plan For Career Success

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On of my readers needs help with putting together his career advancement plan. I posted the information I provided to him below. If you have any question about this or about your career, post it as comment at the end of the post and I would answer it for you.

  1. Set a SMART Goal

    Begin by creating a comprehensive end to end career roadmap or plan.

    Your career roadmap needs to include a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goal) That means that you need to define an end objective (for example, mastering business analysis or learning computer programming or improving your software testing skills) and a timeline for achieving it.

Coaching Or Self Study

There are a number of ways you can learn programming or business analysis or any
other technical skill. I recommend both coaching and self study. I
am going to compare both modes of learning so you have a better idea of what
works for you and what doesn't.

Self Study or Teach Yourself

Self study is the type of learning where you are 100% responsible for the
outcome. It involves researching a concept, subject or topic through books,
online websites and other types of media. You set the learning goals by
yourself, draw up a lesson plan and then do your own reading and learning.