Career Development Month

By The Mill

Did you know that November is Career Development Month? Neither did I. But in this case, ignorance is not bliss… we need to take charge!


A successful career requires some level of management because if we just let it happen, the inevitable bumps may be more painful than the good times. 


But how do you manage your career? Doesn’t our success, to an extent, depend on the people and organizations that hire us?


In the 21st century, we should view the development of our careers as being totally in our hands. We make our own success; we can determine our career trajectory and ultimately, our success and satisfaction with our work.


And the best way to do that is by first, setting goals for ourselves, annually. What do we want to accomplish and ideally contribute to our organizations? 


How can we achieve some growth and progress on our chosen path? Set such goals, write them down to give them life, and go back and check your progress on a monthly basis.


This is how we take charge of our careers. In fact, this is how we protect ourselves from some of the effects of managers who may be overworked, have unreasonable expectations or a short fuse or, in our opinion, are just plain crazy.


Take charge and responsibility for yourself rather than expecting your boss and company to perform that role.


Second, on an annual basis, you should ask yourself if your current job is for the long haul. Are you still learning? Are you getting constructive feedback? Are you dreading Monday mornings? Most importantly, can you point to accomplishments and contributions that show you have an impact?


The answers to these questions enable you to manage your career. If your thoughts are mostly negative, the time may have come to look elsewhere. 

If you’re feeling ambivalent, some good, some not so good, maybe it’s time to look within your organization to see if you can contribute and accomplish in new ways. And if you feel positively and can identify more that you can do in your current position, stick with it, keep going on your current path.

Third, and this is the most practical step, chronicle your accomplishments. Write down (preferably in a succinct way) what you’ve done for the good of your organization. So focus on ways your work enables your company to grow, develop new products or services, generate revenue or save dollars.


Benefits that you gained for yourself (trainings, leadership of outside organizations, etc.) should be at the bottom of your list. Think: “what did I do for them, not me?”


These accomplishments and contributions become evidence that shows your value. And this evidence really should end up on your resume because people get hired largely for the good work they have done. Make it easier for hiring managers to say “look what this person did for XYZ company, I’ll bet they could do that for us… call them!”


These steps are some of the sure-fire ways that you can manage your career.

Written by Career Coach, Ed Weirauch | Edited by Mill Marketing

Check out our latest news

April 10, 2024

We’re Celebrating 8 Years of Innovation and Growth at The Mill!

We are thrilled to mark a significant milestone at The Mill: EIGHT YEARS of successfully reimagining workspace in Delaware! It feels like just yesterday that we opened our doors on April […]

March 1, 2024

A Conversation with Van Shea Sedita: Designing for Positive Human Change

In a recent interview at The Mill, we had the privilege of sitting down with Van Shea Sedita, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in experience design and illustration. […]

February 23, 2024

Celebrating Progress: The Mill’s Expansion Reflects Market West’s Ongoing Evolution

Did you hear the news? We accomplished a significant milestone last week — completing The Mill’s Third Floor Expansion project. We hosted a ribbon cutting celebration with 100+ guests on Tuesday, February 13th.

February 1, 2024

Third Floor Expansion Progress

Updated: February 9, 2024 Get ready for bigger suites, action-packed amenity spaces, and an infusion of fresh air, thanks to the addition of private and shared outdoor terrace space. Currently, […]

November 16, 2023

Building a community through coworking!

We took some of our favorite snippets from the “Does Coworking Work?” article from the November issue in Out & About Magazine.

October 17, 2023


As the leaves begin to change and the holiday season approaches, it’s time to embrace the spirit of giving. We invite you to join us in-person Millsgiving Food Drive, taking […]

October 2, 2023


If you’ve been following The Mill on social media and staying up-to-date with our newsletters, you’re probably aware of our strong connection to Theatre N and their 2nd Annual Nine […]

August 1, 2023


At The Mill, you are surrounded by winners. We want to take a moment to highlight one of our newest office members: Connect2Co. Do you find it exhausting to constantly switch […]

June 26, 2023

Meet Dana

Introducing Dana Davisson (pictured on the right), a vibrant North Wilmington resident residing just a short 8-minute drive away from our esteemed Concord location. Dana’s infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors […]

May 10, 2023


When is the best time to flip your whip (i.e. Car)? Right about now, according to the experts! If you’re over your current set of wheels and are looking to […]