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Career strategy and goal setting

Plan your career strategy and set goals for your career and personal development with our selection of books, articles and quick links to useful resources.

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Your own worst enemy?

Most people display at least three traits which, taken to extremes, can put them at risk for career disruption. The author discusses the individual traits and suggests how to manage them.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Your own worst enemy?

Most people display at least three of traits which, taken to extremes, can put them severely limit your career opportunities. Diligence, for example, can morph into procrastination or obsessive perfectionism. The author discusses the individual traits and suggests how to manage them, which involves identifying the ones that trip you up, modifying some of your behaviors, and continuing to adjust in response to critical feedback. In the process, you can greatly enhance your reputation and your career path.

Wiping the slate clean

The UK faces major challenges in dealing with nuclear waste and decommissioning plants, which means an abundance of career opportunities in the industry. Evelyn Adams reports on the training routes available.

Succeed at succession

How to design succession planning and grow the bench strength from within. The article argues that firms need to create a culture of leadership development; they should be clear about why they are doing succession planning. Other tips include having career-development discussions separate from the performance review, and minimising the paperwork burden on managers.

The Talent Delusion

The article explores the best methods in attracting, motivating and retaining top employees. Noted are the critical questions to determine whether individuals possess talent, including vital part of a competitor's workforce, motivation, and performance. Also mentioned is the conversations about talent that often end up shifting from productivity and career success to personal wellbeing and happiness..

Who falls, who thrives, who tells your story?

A scandal in your company can have a lasting effect on your career opportunities even if you had nothing to do with it. Because the scandal effect is lasting, a company you left long ago could have an impact on your current and future job mobility. Although you can’t control this risk, you can and should plan for it.

Building effective leaders

Mark Morgan investigates three principal traits that make a successful leader: accountability, vision and the ability to transform. The article includes a Leadership Pyramid diagram and checklists which can provide a useful tool for career planning and tracking your personal development.

Keep asking questions

A short interview with certified public accountant (CPA) Andrew Mintzer, principal in the forensic and financial consulting services group at California-based accounting firm Hemming Morse LLP. His work and career are discussed, including understanding fraud risk factors, explaining things simply as an expert witness and his recommended careers path for becoming a forensic accountant.

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Useful links

CABA: Work
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues.

Mentoring and executive coaching
ICAEW mentors and coaches offer finance professionals at all stages in their careers with practical and personal guidance, support, knowledge and access to business leaders with specialist expertise or industry experience.

One-to-one career consultation
Identify the steps you need to move forward in your career by exploring your aspirations and current skill set. The consultation gives you personalised guidance and a specific action plan.

Talk Careers
Network, blog and forum for accountants and finance professionals.

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