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“I’ve been wondering…?”: Nine common career development questions
Should I start my own business? What should my next career move be? What am I good at? If you’ve been wondering about these questions, you’re not alone. Read below to see the answers to some of the most common questions members ask us about career development:
Should I go into management?
Have you ever wondered about going into management, but are afraid of having to give up the work you’re passionate about doing? Are you a little introverted? Do you have trouble making decisions? Or are you already regarded by other employees as being too bossy? Do you have leadership potential?
Should I start my own business?
If the answer is yes, Tekna can help you through its network Tekna Self-Employed. We offer you insurance policies and banking services, legal advice, mentorships, professional networks and courses if you’re thinking about striking out on your own. You can join this network on "my profile".
What am I good at?
It’s not always easy for us to describe our strengths in words. Who you are as an individual, what you have in your toolkit (= your skills) when you start a new job – and how you use what’s in this toolkit – all play a major role in deciding the extent to which others consider you a valuable resource at work. Try this exercise – define your natural strengths
What am I doing well at work? What am I not doing well?
When starting out in your career, it’s important to stop what you’re doing for a moment and invest some time in yourself in order to find out what your job-related strengths and weaknesses are.
A simple tool you can use to get started on this journey of self-discovery is to perform a GAP-analysis , which is an efficiency tracker and looks to improve whatever it is that you’re not doing well at work.
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What kind of continuing education programs in my industry are hot now?
It’s never too late to go back to school and learning something new. You can see what kind of continuing education’s being offered by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills on its national and career education portal. Here you can find free continuing education courses/programs (both credit and non-credit) that apply to your industry.
What’s a MOOC-kurs?
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a flexible online course that’s free and open to everyone. MOOC was started because of a desire to make education available for everyone no matter their life situation, financial status or geographical location. MOOC is known for having online courses, no formal admission requirements and an unlimited number of students. MOOC courses are in principle free and non-credit.
How can I keep myself updated with current industry trends?
One important way you can learn more about your industry and/or follow your interests is to join one of Tekna’s professional networks. And check out Tekna’s many courses and conferences that take place both locally in your area and online.
What kind of job is right for me?
Whether you’re looking for a new job, need more training or want to develop your skills where you’re working now, getting more insight into your own competency, interests and experience will help you burst out of the starting block. We can help you map your competency here!
What should my next career move be?
You can use your talents and skills in all kinds of ways! Want to try something new but need a little help getting started? Tekna has members who work in all kinds of different jobs, industries and sectors.