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My Career, My APS

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I'd like to develop a plan of action for my career

Step 5: Making it happen

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie

You are the master of your career – others can help you, but ultimately it's up to you.

Here are some things you can do to take control of your career:

  • Know yourself
    An accurate understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, what's important to you and what you enjoy are essential to choosing jobs that provide you with job satisfaction or getting you closer to one that does
  • Develop a plan
    Don't allow yourself to drift. Even taking job opportunities as they come still needs a plan, to monitor the opportunities, maintain your skills and keep your resume up to date.
  • Make every job count
    We all have jobs that don't exactly meet our specifications. Find ways to make every job provide you with additional skills, additional knowledge and add to your strengths.
  • Seek and accept feedback
    Always seek and accept feedback after interviews, and on the job. Feedback from others is the raw information that helps you to know your strengths and weaknesses and take action to address them if necessary.
  • Build your communication skills
    Marketing yourself is all about communication, such as being able to present information to others, to being an effective listener; to your supervisor, to accepting feedback in the workplace and in interviews.
  • Act with integrity
    The Australian Public Service seeks people who can maintain the highest standards of behaviour and integrity. A dishonest act can damage your reputation in the eyes of others and have significant implications for your ongoing career.
  • Challenge yourself
    The Australian Public Service wants people who contribute, who take on tasks, who develop themselves and are willing to go the extra mile.