Create a Career Vision

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Boggs, W. Brady   (1997, ASQC)   Alpha Quality Services, Inc., Candler, NC

Quality Progress    Vol. 30    No. 5
QICID: 13227    May 1997    pp. 33-36
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Article Abstract

Taking responsibility for one's own future brings stability to work life. Faced with the likelihood of employment in several organizations during a career, each worker should develop career vision. A vision statement indicates where one will be in the future and what he or she will do there. Characteristics of a clear vision statement include: action orientation; motivation to excellence; understandability; and uniqueness. The vision should not be achieved easily. It must guide decision making and provide strength in times of difficulty. To create the vision, one should examine past strengths and weaknesses; the present situation; and future possibilities and trends. This requires global thinking as well as self-reflection. Quality principles are keys to applying the vision. Strategic planning is the structure for setting, balancing, and meeting goals. Teamwork allows family, friends, and others to be involved in the vision. Self-empowerment, continuous improvement, and the plan-do-check-act cycle emphasize a responsibility to move the career forward.

Keywords

Career development,Continuous improvement (CI),Employees,Empowerment,Strategic planning,Vision


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