Roland Seddon Set up MRK Associates c. 3 years ago 13 years director of FTSE 250 finance recruitment business My credentials – I have interviewed over 2000 candidates, met over 2000 employers in the South East.
Agenda Personal career planning How employers think Other skills to develop
Where are you now? What is your current experience What skills do you have What have you liked/disliked so far about your duties What have you liked/disliked about your bosses/team members What kind of activities do you avoid Personal life – family life, sports teams Are you happy?
Where do you want to be? Short, Medium and Long term views LT MT ST MT ST ST MT/ LT ST MT
How do you get there? Operational Targets Conceptual Targets
Short Term Journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step Identify your next career move & why: Why are you doing it? What will you gain from it? Will it be enjoyable?
Medium/Long term Think back to the original Qs: Enjoy Good at What's important to me?
Realism Consider the following: Time to commit to the goals? Required education or skill sets? Resources available to meet your objectives? Goals suit you as a person? Fit the lifestyle you have? Goals complement each other? Is the market for your chosen career limited? Ambitions achievable in the time frame?
Personal Thoughts Recognise your strengths and weaknesses Choose a path that suits you Match your personality to your organisation Keeping in touch with the wider job market Make others aware
Career Path PQ Management Accountant Qual Senior Management Accountant Head of Commercial Finance Financial Controller Finance Director
What clients think/the current market Like for like Internal development A AB ABC ABCDABCDE
How to develop your skills Mentoring from your boss Get involved with projects and new areas/ areas of change
How employers improve their team Internal training Hiring people in
Softer Skills Communication Skills Emotional Intelligence
Communication Skills Simplify Technical Information Management Skills Influencing Problem Solving
Emotional Intelligence Definition: Ability to identify, assess and control the emotions of oneself, of others and of groups.
5 Attributes of EQ Self Awareness Self-Management Social Awareness Motivation Empathy