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Towards Career Fitness

Techniques to help you get ahead

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This book is an invaluable aid: it can allow you to add, in a manageable way, a powerful thread to your career management activity and thus give your career progression a positive boost.
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Want to give your career a boost? You will only do well if you are “career-fit”: able to do the job you do now well and seeming an ideal candidate if you want to move on. In a dynamic workplace changes mean you need to keep up to date, maintain and to extend your competencies. This does not just happen, but you can make it. This quick and easy guide provides proven, down to earth advice on:

1. How training and development works
2. Assessing what you need
3. Taking an initiative to go beyond what may be offered
4. Self-development as an on-gong part of successful career management

This book is an invaluable aid: it can allow you to add, in a manageable way, a powerful thread to your career management activity and thus give your career progression a positive boost.

Patrick Forsyth is a consultant, trainer and writer. He is the author of many successful business and career books (including in this series Your boss – sorted!, Your job performance appraisal and How to get a pay rise). He runs Touchstone Training & Consultancy.

  1. Introduction
  2. The nature of the development process
    1. Just what does development do?
    2. The development process
  3. Methods of development
    1. Positive results
    2. Job performance plus job satisfaction
  4. Stepping stones to success
    1. Options for action
    2. Courses…and courses
    3. Making the most of course attendance
    4. Activity courses
    5. Computer simulations
    6. Training “packages”
    7. Open learning
    8. Resource centres
    9. Job swapping (or rotation)
    10. Films
    11. Secondment
    12. Sabbaticals
    13. Method assessment
  5. Ensuring positive impact on your career
    1. Obtaining constructive feedback
    2. Using feedback to create improvement
    3. Maximising assistance from management
  6. Achievement not just activity
    1. Taking advantage of circumstances
    2. Development circles
    3. Useful people
    4. The learning manager
    5. Volunteering
    6. Mentoring
    7. Networking
    8. Qualifications
    9. CPD: Continuing professional development
  7. Summary
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Patrick Forsyth

PATRICK FORSYTH runs Touchstone Training & Consultancy, an independent firm based in the U.K. specialising in marketing consultancy, research and training on marketing issues, sales and communication and management skills. 

He is a consultant of many years’ experience and was a Board Director of a major consulting organisation before starting his own firm in 1990. Previously he began his career in publishing, holding sales, sales management and marketing positions, subsequently working for a management institute before moving into consultancy. 

His work has spanned many industries, and also many countries, in part in alliances with others (for example as an “Associate consultant” with various professional bodies). He has worked in most countries in continental Europe (including Eastern Europe) and has also worked regularly in South East Asia, which he has got to know well. In training he conducts tailored in-company courses and individual tutorials. He also conducts “public” seminars and has presented regularly for a variety of organisers including: The Chartered Management Institute, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, The London Chamber of Commerce, The City University Business School and more specialised bodies (such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Publishing Industry Training Centre and the British Council). He has worked for similar bodies overseas, for example the management institutes in Malaysia and Singapore. 

He is the author of many successful business books. These include: Marketing: a guide to the fundamentals (The Economist), How to write Reports and Proposals, How to Motivate People and Successful Time Management (Kogan Page), and on careers, for example: Detox your career (Cyan). He has titles translated into more than twenty five different languages. He also has a long list of articles to his credit (written for a variety of journals such as Better Business and Professional Marketing), training materials and, more recently, for several web sites; he has written and produced corporate publications. One review of his writing states: Patrick has a lucid and elegant style which allows him to present information in a way that is organised, focused and easy to apply. (“Professional Marketing” magazine). 

His work also includes a plethora of other involvements. He has acted as: a series editor for an international business publisher, training advisor for the Meetings Industry Association, advisor and presenter on two BBC television programmes on marketing and management matters, a member of on the editorial board of a management journal, a communications advisor for the Civil Service in Malaysia, a mentor in the TEC small business advisory service and reviewed books for The Good Book Guide and Amazon. His writing stretches beyond business and he has had three books of light-hearted travel writing published (First class at last!, Beguiling Burma and Smile because it happened - the later about Thailand) along with two novels (Long Overdue and Loose Ends).