The Huge Impact of Early Career Development

PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter

Karen's career has taken her through various roles within the extractives industry, with a heavy focus on managing and executing projects involving the characterization and mitigation of environmental risks and opportunities. She offers strategic direction, consulting, training and implementation services in the realms of embedding sustainability goals and environmental assessment requirements into business operations, strategic plans, decision making processes, and project plans and execution.

Imagine having all of your dreams come true in the way that you envisioned and in the timeframe you hoped. Does it ever happen? I’m sure we have all at one time or another boldly stated some sort of resolution—only to have it fall flat within a few months, weeks or even days! So our mindsets may first settle on these examples, and our beliefs in goal setting may not be very strong.

But amazingly, if your mindset is strong alongside setting goals—and you take some time to plan actions to move in that intended direction, and you take those actions—you just might reach them. And telling other people about them publicly is often thought to help achievement levels increase substantially, too!

When it comes to goal setting for career development, learning is often a core component of that growth. For this reason, the earlier you set goals and take some action to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, the better.

To show you why, I’ll give you an example of some things from my own early development. This past weekend, I spent almost an entire day clearing out old boxes and bookshelves—the ones where I kept my college/university textbooks, the binders of notes that I once thought would be critical to save. Yup, once upon a time, I thought these might come in handy for future reference.

Of course, I’ve only peeked in these …

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