Columbia's Human Capital Management lecturers share advice and insights for virtually any phase of your career.
Is there a specific function or role you wish to purse? Search for a person who is currently in the role. Contact the person and ask if they are willing to provide a 15 -30 min discussion on the role. Use this time to ask about how they prepared for the role, how they enjoy the role, what are the challenges. This has resulted in providing realism to job roles. It has also resulted in job interviews."
Returning from maternity or parental leave is a great time to reevaluate your responsibilities. To better manage the new demands on your time, sit down with your manager during your first week back to clearly understand your priorities and discuss what you should do, delegate &/or drop."
Get versed on business transformation tools such as Jira, Confluence, Slack, and Trello. These are growing platforms deployed to communicate and manage projects."
Understand the demographics of the workplace when applying for positions. In gauging workplace inclusion, diverse leadership including in the managerial and supervisory ranks can signal the value that the company or institution gives to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)."
Finance and Analytics have become increasingly important to assess and demonstrate HCM impact. Even if you 'don't like numbers,' learn what they mean, how to apply them and how to communicate them clearly to your internal and external partners."
Career growth requires you to step outside of your comfort zone. When you try new things, you can prepare yourself for bigger and better roles. Consider taking on difficult projects or tasks that you aren't comfortable with to expand capabilities."
Think Like a Futurist. Remember to keep your skills current and marketable by not only sharpening the skills you need to execute on your day to day deliverables but also by being in tune with new and emerging technologies and best practices in your field. It's your responsibility to keep your career development toolkit updated."
In India, when you buy vegetables from a farmer's market, the seller gives you a handful of green chilies or cilantro as "runga" - something that comes free with the vegetable that helps take your food preparation up a notch. When you are working on an initiative, think about what is it that you are offering as 'runga' - something extra that will help delight your stakeholder even if it is as small as following up with them to see if what you provided met their needs."
When job searching, informational interviews/coffee chats are a great way to get to know more about an organization you are interested in. You’d be amazed at who would be willing to take the time to speak. Just remember, it is NOT an opportunity to ask for a job, nor is it an interview."
Looking for a job is more than applying to companies for a role. Reflect on what you value and the vision you have for yourself and your career. Target your job search to those companies that most align with what you care about."
Be succinct yet specific in your communications. Overly verbose messages are an invitation for people to not read it.