NPA Pillars of Career Growth - Plan Your Career Strategy

The Network Professional Association supports IT/Network professionals through the NPA Pillars of Professionalism, Ethics, and Career Growth. Building a career is always a work in progress. Within the Career Growth Pillar, Planning Your Career Strategy is an important supporting pillar. Whether you are just starting out or are well into your career journey, these resources, suggested by your fellow NPA members, can be valuable in planning and promoting your next career steps.


Following the Objectives of the Personal Career Strategy Assignment, using The 6 Stages Of Career Development, create a Personal Career Strategy for you.



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Job seekers use O*NET to:

  • Find out which jobs fit with their interests, skills, and experience.
  • Explore growth career profiles using the latest available labor market data.
  • Research what it takes to get their dream job.
  • Maximize earning potential and job satisfaction.
  • Know what it takes to be successful in their field and in related occupations.



Focus on Career Advancement

NPA articles focused on Career Advancement. Guest authors provide a wealth of information you can use to plan and tune your career strategy.

Your Job Search Resource Center

Everything you need to make you stand out, a stand out resume, ace the interview, advance your career, and navigate the digital world through social media and digital communication.

Start your career research here. Get career details including projected growth and wages, daily tasks, recommended education and skills, and much more!

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‘Career Strategy’ Means Brutally Examination

We often mistake goals for strategy, but to be strategic about your career requires first diagnosing your situation, then giving yourself a competitive advantage.



Professional Strategies Advance Your Career

Are you looking for professional growth strategies that you can leverage to improve your skills, take on more responsibility at work, and advance in your career?



Essential Career Planning Strategies

While everybody's career plan is unique, some common elements and strategies can result in effective career planning.



Top 5 Certificate Programs for Career Advancement

If you’re lucky enough to find a fulfilling career you enjoy, there is great incentive to keep climbing the proverbial ladder. July 2021 - Best College Reviews presents their best certifications for career advancement.



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