Tools, Learning & Strategies You Need for Job Success & Career Growth

Online courses and training designed to support mid-career professionals in the intentional development of their career and professional journey

Welcome to Career Growth Essentials, the online training site of the Bold Career Project. My name is Ian Christie and I've designed the resources in this site specifically for professionals who are committed to being more intentional and strategic about the growth of their career. 

Whether you're making a career move, trying to find a way to make your career progress less accidental or looking to build your career management skills, I'm assembling an arsenal of resources to help power your career growth.

Rather than random tactics, Career Growth Essentials offers a principle & systems-based approach to job success & growing your career

Pillar #1: The Internal Zone

The Internal pillar is the foundational pillar. The Cornerstone.

  • Professional Assets: Discovery & ownership of what you offer the market, your drivers & your work style
  • Natural Target Markets: You don't fit everywhere. Get clear on your market. 
  • USP: A clear picture of your unique selling proposition relative to your market
  • Learning from the Past: Avoidance of past mistakes. Get more aligned with each move & decision.
  • Key Work/Life Questions: Address & resolve, where necessary key work / life questions.

Pillar #2: The External Zone

External is about if, how much and what the world outside of you and your family think about you as a professional.

  • Branding: Paying attention to how you're portraying yourself, from messaging to LinkedIn & other.
  • Professional Reputation: Taking a purposeful approach to building & managing your reputation.
  • Key Relationships: Valuing your relationships. Strategically developing key relationships.
  • Network Development: Embracing the importance of strategic network development.

Pillar #3: The Managing Zone

This is about you in your current work.

  • Situational Awareness: Awareness (& action) on the Opportunities & Threats in your world 
  • Journey Management: Making smart career decisions & moves
  • Performing: To what extent & how you step-up, contribute & make a difference in your work 

Pillar #4: The Future Zone

This zone is about setting and working towards a direction. That you choose.

  • Future Design: Gaining clarity on what you want your professional journey to be
  • Next Move Planning: Setting-up for the next move.

Pillar #5: Capability Zone

Your focus here is building capability and market power. 

  • Market Skills: Your ability to navigate the job market
  • Professional Skills: Assessing & staying on top of your skill portfolio
  • Market Power: Developing the demand for you & increasing your degrees of freedom

Featured courses

Career Growth Essentials is a growing online platform containing courses, tools and resources. Here are the initial offerings.

Resume Level-Up

Finally take ownership of your Resume. Learn a step-by-step approach to professionally communicating your story

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Interview Level-Up

Don't let interview skills stand in the way of the job you were meant to have. Learn a step-by-step strategic approach to interview performance 

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LinkedIn Level-Up

The LinkedIn bar keeps rising. Time to turn your profile into a real asset. Time to use LinkedIn with intention & get more results for your time

Coming Oct 10/17

Step-by-Step

Modules and lessons that lay a path to skill and knowledge development. High-value workbook downloads. Learn at your own pace. Track your progress. 

Expert. Insightful.

Rather than a bunch of ad hoc tactics, I take a systems approach to your career growth.  I've led the design & delivery of world-class career programming for a global top 100 b-school. I've been consulting to executives, managers, entrepreneurs & mid-career professionals for many years and I've been an high-end executive search consultant. 

Know These 5 Principles

As a way of introducing you to a systems-approach to career growth, I've put together a series of emails that outline the 5 key principles that will help transform the way you think about and manage your career growth.

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