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|This issue continues the discussion of steps to enhancing your self-efficacy. In general, career change and job-search are self-directed activities. But that doesn’t mean that they occur in isolation. Read this article for 2 important steps you can take for your own success.|
Beliefs and Success: Part II
Today’s issue continues the earlier discussion of how to enhance your self-efficacy by setting small goals that build on each other. By accomplishing these goals successfully. you experience the positive mastery that builds self-efficacy.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Two of the other important factors in developing the self-efficacy that predicts success are vicarious learning and feedback. What might this mean for you as a job seeker or career changer? How can your leverage what is known about developing self-efficacy to
increase your success? Let’s begin by exploring vicarious learning.
Who are You Learning From?
Vicarious Learning means learning by observing others. Young children learn a great deal by observing what is going on around them and modelling the behavior of adults in their environment. Of course, they may imitate negative as well as positive behaviors.
As adults, it’s easy to take this type of learning for granted.
Do you have positive role models in your network that you can learn from? Who do you know who has successfully achieved what you want to do? What knowledge, strategies, and skills did they use? What might apply to your situation? Although you are ultimately responsible for the the success of your job search and career change, this doesn’t mean that you have to do it in isolation or without finding others to learn from and help you reach your goals more easily.
Are you Getting the Feedback You Need?
Job search and career change involve many steps, including setbacks and obstacles. One of the challenges is to know both “how you are doing”, and if you are “doing the right things”. As everyone who has sent out resumes and not received any responses knows, lack of feedback is very demotivating.
What can you do to ensure that you get regular feedback on your progress? Are you tracking your activities? Are they moving you towards your goals? Do you have the support of others who can help you to be accountable when the going gets tough? Job search and career change involve making choices about how you use your time and other resources. Take steps to get the get the feedback you need. Find an accountability buddy. Join with others.
What can you do to monitor and evaluate your progress so that have regular feedback about how you are doing, and if you are doing the right things?