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Why is it important to plan your career?
- Without a clear plan it is difficult to achieve clear results, especially when you will have so many things pulling you in different directions -- research, teaching, service, family versus work, etc.
- Strategic planning on how to spend your limited time and resources will help you more effeciently and effectively achieve your goals.
- Setting Goals is the first and most important step because research has shown that goal setting is best way to both create an objective' and the motivation to achieve the objective.
- At the most basic level you need to know what activities further your goals and which activities do not. While this may seem simple to differentiate between the two, you may find that your career goals and the expectations of your department overlap in some ways but not others.
- So how do you identify your career goals and how do you identify the expectations of your department...
Your Department's Expectations
How to learn what is expected of you?
- During the job search process you probably learned about the type of school
- During the interview process asking key questions is an important starting step in learning how the
- Talk to people at every level -- Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc. Some of the questions you would ask are the same at every level, such as what are your expectations of me
what was the most difficult part of your adjustment to the department
- Ask as many people as possible because the information provided by
What questions should I ask?
- In the last 10 years, how many people recieved tenure?
- What were the difference between those who recieved tenure and those who did not?
- What resources exists for helping me...
- What is the expected level of research, teaching, and service (RTS)?
- Be sure to quantify what they expect of you? Some schools split the RTS as 40%, 40%, 20%, but what does 40% mean? What does 20%?
- Is the evaluation process formal or informal?
- How am I going to be evaluated?
- Is the evaluation conducted each year or every other year?
What to do if conflicting expectations?
- What happens if the information you get is inconsistent when talking to the Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc.?
Your Career Goals
- The most important person for your professional development is you!
- Research has shown the best way to accomplish objectives is to set clear, concrete, and obtainable steps.
- Putting each step down on paper allows you to have a periodical reminder of the steps and allows you to check-off each one as they are accomplished.
evaluate progress because standard
You should evaluate yourself every year Revise or modify your plans as you learn more about
Don't hestitate to ask these questions
Be proactive What happens when you can't get specific and concrete
Learn about their expectations and goals before providing information to them about your own. Why? Because you don't want to underestimate (and provide them a negative opinion about what seems like underachievement) and you don't want to overestimate (and set too of a goal that could diminish your chances of success)
communicate with department understand what htey expect of you