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Grow Within Your Organization: Intentional Career Development

Debbie Tyson, Career Coach and Facilitator

Grow Within Your Organization: Intentional Career Development

Debbie Tyson, Career Coach and Facilitator

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8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Define Your Objective

    • 4. Clarify Your Personal Brand

    • 5. Identify Your Accomplishments

    • 6. Develop Your Pitch

    • 7. Work With Your Strengths

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

Growing and learning is an essential part of career development and overall life satisfaction. 

This course will walk you through the steps necessary to explore your ideal next career step, by uncovering your strengths, skills, interests and what is best for YOU.

This class is not about climbing the corporate ladder just for the sake of climbing.  It’s about charting a career path that aligns with what is best in you.  

This class will help you to identify:

  • What an ideal role would look like for you
  • What makes you, you (your personal brand)
  • Your greatest professional accomplishments
  • How to share your message
  • Your strengths and how to celebrate them

This course is ideal for a mid career professional who has had the benefit of a variety of roles in several organizations. However, individuals at all professional levels can find benefit in this course.  A willingness for self-reflection and a good imagination is all that is needed for success in this course.

After taking this course, you will have clarity about what you’d like your next professional step to be and the tools to share your new authentic message.

Note: This course is not about leaving your current role or organization.  It’s about taking the time and using this trusted process to understand who you are and what you want so you can move forward confidently in your career.  In this course, we’ll also touch on strategies to find a career path within your organization that supports both your growth and your employers needs.

For more information about my work, visit, my LinkedIn profile and watch my other SkillShare class, LinkedIn for Career Changers: Crafting Your Story Online.

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Debbie Tyson

Career Coach and Facilitator


Hello, I'm Debbie Tyson, a career coach, instructional designer and facilitator. Much of my work revolves around helping people find careers that align their interests and strengths with their needs and values. When people take the time to clarify these things, create time and space to grow and evolve and share these messages intentionally, good things happen. 

In a nutshell, I work with people to align their professional life with their soul while helping them to keep two feet on the ground.

Just as I guide my clients and students, I'm a lifelong learner and my work has evolved over time. I've held positions within human resources as an internal recruiter and in program management within non-profits and the public sector. My work over the last 10 years as a coach and... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello, my name is Debbie Tyson. I'm a career coach and facilitator and I've been doing this work for over ten years. So I've worked with hundreds of career changers over the years in a variety of different fields. In biotech, in higher ed, in hospitality. Pairing that with my own personal experience doing lotsa from a world. I was a program manager, I was recruiter and was a baker and the mapmaker and I'm not kidding. So my lived experience paired the board, can you with lots of different people has really helped me to understand that career change process. This course in particular is really intended to help make career professionals help to find your next professional step. I've thoughtfully and thoroughly exploring your options, your needs, your strengths, your interests, and then really translating that into action to make that change. So in this particular class, you'll learn how to navigate that sometimes overwhelming process of what do I do next once I am feeling it, that kind of make a change. So I'll really help you through the steps necessary that I've taken with many, many clients to define what they want, clarify who they are, what they can do, and then really share that message, that clear message with the world and the right people. So you will leave this class with a solid structure and the questions you need to answer to move forward in your path. So completing the class project will help you to pull it all together. And I'll explain that more in just a couple moments. So you'll know your ideal job, your brand, your strengths, accomplishments, and then your authentic message. You may think that you need to leave your current organization to find career growth or career development, but not true. Many times those great opportunities within your organization. If you know where to look and do the ask, let's get started. 2. Class Project: watching this class will be helpful for you, but doing the activities in this class will make all the difference. So the class project for this course is really completing this five step process. And the first is defining your objective. What you actually want for your next career step clarifying your brand. What makes you you identifying your accomplishments of things that you've done in your past to set you apart developing your pitch, how you share that message with people in your life and then working with your particular unique strengths. So these are really the five pieces, and I'll be walking you through all these stages in the course, so you're ready to complete each section. So documenting that's really hoped you to be ready to bring your message into the world, which is the ultimate goal of this course. If this project feels overwhelming to you completing all five steps, I'd really encourage you to just pick one that excites you that even get behind and share that back with me. I'm really excited to see what you create and check out the pdf in the class project 3. Define Your Objective: when people get that itchy feeling that it's time for something new professionally, they often jump right into updating their resume. And Lincoln. A better plan is to take a step back and think, Why am I itchy? What do I want to stop doing? What I want to start doing? And this is really the outline for this course. These strategies for finding your next right step. It's the groundwork to finding the right next step. Not just any next step, and this work really makes all the difference. So next we're gonna jump into some information about defining your objective. I like to start with this spider analogy. The spider knows he wants to catch a bug. That's his goal. That's his objective. You know that you want a change. You want something different so the spider needs a plan or he'll be running in circles, wasting time and never really catching a good bug because webs are complicated. Similarly, you also need a plan to be efficient and accurate and landing a new role or a new position within your organization. The market and organizations are complicated, so an ideal job objective is a great tool to help you define what you want in a role. It's really like a job description that you write for yourself. It's a compilation of your values, your strengths, skills and interests. It's really a roadmap for where you wanna go professionally. And so here's some questions to ask yourself when you're thinking about defining your objective. What level would you like to be at? Who would you like to supervise if anyone at all, What industry would you like to work in? What size of an organization would be a good fit for you? What environment works best for you? Do you do well with really casual environments where you can bring your dog to work? Or do you like something that's a little bit more for mome? Do prefer working from home? Similarly, what type of culture works for you in terms of the leadership or the way the organization functions? How much money would you like to make? What benefits are important? Teoh. And then, finally, what skills and strengths would you like to develop in this new world? So these are just a few questions to think about when you're defining your objective, Um, one way to think about this is creating three different lists, a list of all the things you must have to be happier in your next role, maybe things that you'd like tohave, but with some concessions you'd be willing to make and then a list of things that you really don't want under any circumstances. So taking some time to really think through what you want in all of these areas will really help you to not get tangled in that spider web and to feel more clear about what's next, what you're looking for next, Here's a little bit of an example of just a sample person thinking about what their objective might be. So they're looking for a mission based organization, and they really want to work with people who are innovative and smart and caring. And this is gonna be subjective. Of course, everyone defines these words in different ways, so you need to think about how you'd like to define them. They like to supervise the supervised others, and potentially, this is their first time in a supervisory role, so they want to work on their leadership skills. Working from home is important to this person on bits really OK to talk about and think about and note how much money would like to make. It's an important part of our satisfaction and work, because it it plays into our the rest of our lives, of course. And then, finally, this person wants to work on some long term projects, really to help with the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization so they like technology systems processes, having clarity about you want what you want, helps you to find direction and help others to help you. If you're looking to grow within your organization, this is a great tool or a discussion point you could share with a mentor or manager who really wants to help you to grow. If you do nothing else in this class, I really would encourage you to work on this. It will make all the difference in finding role that fits you and has you excited about getting up in the morning 4. Clarify Your Personal Brand: next, we're going to talk about clarifying your brand. How did your friends and colleagues describe you? Loyal, funny, creative, detail oriented? What makes you you? So just as you see on the slides, companies go through branding exercises to communicate to us as consumers, you'll see a couple of well known brands on this slide, and we know just by looking at them what the brand is and what makes them unique. So before you begin to network and start thinking about what your next step might be, updating your marketing materials, your resume and linked in it's important to get a sense of how other see you. So you're really clear about what the messages that you're sharing with the world. It's important to check if your perception of yourself aligns with what others perceive you to be. Are you being modest, maybe overly modest? Do you have an over inflated sense of self? So it's important to reflect on the words that capture who you are and what value you bring to the workplace into the world, and it's a great exercise to have friends and colleagues give you some feedback on the use to see how accurate is and weigh in often times. I think we have trouble doing these exercises on our own, but often times people are happy to share feedback. Just share some words with you here to think about what you might want to be known for, what your personal brand might be. Are you known as creative? A team player, analytical, collaborative problem solver, enthusiastic, genuine woodworker, strategic, compassionate, quick learner, tech savvy or a relationship builder? And, of course, there many, many, many, many more words out there. So one way to think about this is to start to brainstorm some words that feel aligned with who you are and create a brand statement or a tagline could be something as simple as I help these type of people to do this sort of thing. It's a great way to do it. You can also just have a handful of words that really feel like they define you authentically, so I encourage you to do this section in the class project. There's more information on the handout, and I'm excited to hear more about your personal brand 5. Identify Your Accomplishments: we are wired to remember stories. Having well crafted stories to share about times you're successful is very helpful. To help you sell your skills and strengths with proof, not just empty promises, especially when talking with the manager or mentor. It's great to use a networking and interviewing settings. It's great at helping you to identify where you are at your best, and that's also a great tool to build your confidence if you're not quite seeing all the ways in which you are wonderful. So I'd like you to reflect on a time that you felt very proud at work. You were in the flow and things just were going great. Consider the details of the story. What problem did you solve? What steps did you take to solve that problem and what was the impact? So in this framework, you can see you might think about a time that you felt really proud of, made an impact and share examples to demonstrate your value. Pulling out the unique skills and strength helps to bring the story round to a neat, a neat little bow. So I like to share an example now. So we you we often use the star model here, which is thinking about the situations that you look to sell for the tests that you completed and the action steps that you took and then the results of your accomplishments in the organization that I work for. We had a 14 hour training that was delivered over two days. It was in person, and we delivered it two times a month. It was quite expensive to Ron between renting the space, paying for food and facilitators, and it was often difficult for participants to get there because of traffic, childcare issues and scheduling conflicts. We needed a way to adapt the training toe, a virtual platform where participants would still get the same benefit and the connection other participants. But we'd solve for some of these other problems. I led a team great, a blended learning model, one where we prioritize the content to be delivered in real time with time for discussion and practice, and build structure for participants to do work before in between and after the sections. Using an online portal and an interactive manual with supplemental videos and assessment tools, we were able to transition this two day, 14 hour workshop to four hours, all in a virtual environment. We saved the company a lot of money and gave participants a customized learning plan. They could participate from the comfort of their own homes and at their own pace. As a teacher, I know that people always can't always retain a lot of information at one. So the added benefit of this project was that people had more time to absorb and apply what they learned because it happened over Syria time. Use your accomplishments to inform both what you're going to share with people who are helping you along your career journey, but also use it to inform what lights you up and what you'd like to do more. 6. Develop Your Pitch: Once you've done some reflecting on what you want, who you are and you at your best, it's time to think about how best to share that message. You need to be both agile and flexible and developing a pitch. What's the core message you want to share? And how will it change depending upon your audience? Just like a pitcher in baseball has to change his pitch, depending on who he's delivering into or she so do you. So here are some examples of people you might deliver your pitch to. Perhaps you're asking someone to be a mentor to you at work. Maybe you're asking for an informational interview. You are looking to have a networking meeting outside of work. You're looking to join a board you're interviewing in a formal capacity, so many different ways to adapt your pitch. And now I'm going to share two different examples with you, one that's more formal that could be used in Mormon interviewing setting and one that could be used in more of a mentoring or informational interview setting. Here's some more informal pits you might use if you're talking to somebody who might be a mentor to you, or an informational interview. I'm looking for ways to develop new learning opportunities for staff within our organization. After completing the project I just shared with you, I really is that I do well with long term projects and working collaboratively towards a common goal. I'm really able to flex my creative muscles, ask hard questions and be sure we're meeting the organization's needs as well as the needs of the learner. I really love your advice and any guidance you have about how I could learn more about the learning and development work at organization. Thank you so much in advance for your time, and I really am excited to hear what you think. So that's a less formal version. And here's a more formal version of a pitch. Love of Learning has been a key theme of my life for as long as I can remember. I really thrive when I'm learning new things and then figuring out the best way to share that knowledge and those learnings with other people. For the last decade, I've been working in career development both as a coach and instructional designer and a facilitator, all for adult learners, and prior to my development, my career development work. I was a recruiter, a program manager, a baker and a map maker. As I told you in the intro, I worked in a variety of industries and education, nonprofit public sector consulting, and I've worked with lots of diverse people, and that's really deeply informed the way that I coach. I designed classes and I facilitate courses. Most recently, I led a team that overhauled in, established in person training, and they moved it to a blended learning format. It was a project that I was deeply invested in, and we had a really great outcome, both for the learners who were taking the course and the company. I'm excited to talk with you mawr toe, learn about this opportunity in your organization and share how I could contribute to your collective success. So those are two examples just to give you some context about your pitch. Your pitch will be personal. It will change over time. That's really important. Have your thoughts well collected and a message ready to deliver to whoever you may be speaking with 7. Work With Your Strengths: how you approach this process will vary a lot, depending upon your personality and your strengths. Honor who you are and finally is to follow this process in ways that work for you and don't give you hives, especially if you're an introvert. So throughout this process, in this course, we've been talking about all the internal things you need to do to find your next path or your career development from the inside out. But the, uh, last two activities we did both thinking about your pitch and now working with your strengths, really focus on bringing this message out into the world. This is a tool that could be very helpful in this process. Whether you are more introverted or extroverted, you can take an assessment through the Via Character Assessment tool. It's a free online assessment tool, and the link is in the video right here. Really give you some more context about what your key strengths are. As you move through this career development process. One great way to think about if you're tend to be more extroverted or introverted as it relates to this whole process is after a fun party. Would you rather curl up in your PJs or find the after party. So as you can imagine, if you're more of the curl up in your PJs type, you might have fun of the party but really need to recharge after and be alone. While an extrovert probably would be looking for the after party and really recharge their batteries through being with other people, it was just important to know about yourself as you go through this process, because it can be very external facing, and it's important to be taking care of yourself throughout. So for introverts, if you tend more on the introverted side of things and you thought about yourself both as an introvert and through the strengths that you possessed by taking the via assessment here a couple things that think about throughout this process you wouldn't think about building . Leveraging a few strong connections rather than perhaps forcing yourself to go to large events where you have to mingle with people might not be super easy for you. I'd like you to think about ways that you can get back and have it be a very reciprocal process of you learning and exploring in your career and also finding ways to make new connections and give back to others. Use your skills of planning being thoughtful in doing research. Ask good questions and really be present people, listener and reflect after you meet with people. Most importantly, take your time and be yourself. The most important part of this process is to do this authentically if you tend more towards the extra murdered side of things. In addition to using the via tool to hone in on your strengths, think about really prioritizing face to face meetings or as close to face to face as possible to help you really use that internal strength you have of being very social to make connections definitely focused on connecting people you know well and also people you don't know well that we call those strong and weak ties, talk to other extroverts and be able to make connections through those social interactions . Debrief and follow up and share your story and listen actively. There are so many ways to be successful in a career transition, but here are the five that we've talked about today. We've talked about to finding your objective, clarifying your brand, identifying your accomplishments, developing your pitch and working with your strengths, whether you're an introvert or extrovert or somewhere in between. I hope you found this helpful in I encourage you to do the class project. 8. Conclusion: I hope you found this class helpful and you're feeling confident and ready to take the next step in your professional journey. I'd encourage you to complete the class project to really take this process through and help you to be ready to bring this message into the world, reach out with questions and write a review if you feel so compelled. And I look forward to seeing you next time, thanks again.