April 14, 2014
Be Willing to Invest in Yourself
At Bobcat, we help people who are trying to help themselves grow and advance successfully. Our primary function is to help our participants be more effective in interviews and promotional processes. Bobcat Promotes Success.
We believe that if you want to sit in one of the "big chairs," your agency will not give you all of the tools necessary to get there nor will they give you all of the skills necessary to be successful at that next level. Even in those organizations with excellent career development plans do all of its members get everything that they will need. The organization just can't afford to do it. With all of the training and education mandates that they have there just isn't enough money to send every employee to all of the training, conferences, seminars and meetings where you can develop skills, build tools not to mention networking opportunities which may lead to changes of venue where your experience will be better appreciated leading to even bigger salaries and better promotional possibilities.
We recognize this and since all of us at Bobcat and most of our peers throughout the industry have had to shell out some of our own money to get to where we are or have been, we urge and suggest that you be open to the idea too.
This is the first of a number of short articles that build upon this notion. Other articles will come from my own experiences and those of others who talk about their own careers and the things that were meaningful in their advancement. If you have one, please send it. We like success stories.
The bottom line here is that we offer training that you’re probably going to have to pay for yourself. Most public employees are tight with a dollar. We grew up in this industry and understand a lot about it.
Even if it isn’t us, stretch out and get the kinds of knowledge, skills and abilities that will make you a stronger supervisor, manager or executive. Join the management associations of your public sector and attend the conferences when you can. The contacts will pay off down the line. Spend a little; get a lot.
We often hear from people who want to be “tutored” prior to a promotional process. We tell them that the training is so much more meaningful in a class where you see how others would approach an exercise or when you get to compare your solutions to problems compared to others. The answer given most often is, “But I don’t want my competition to know that I’m taking a class,” or “....I don’t want them knowing what I know...”
We’re left scratching our heads because we all continued to attend classes, even after we performed well in interviews and assessment centers. We think that it paid off somewhere down the road and was well worth the time and effort.
We’ll see you down the road…
About Bobcat Training
Bobcat Training helps promotional process candidates prepare for assessment centers and structured interviews. We have a proven track record of improving candidate performance. We are experienced law enforcement professionals who have been extremely successful in promotion testing and enjoy assisting the next generation of public service leaders. We have significant resources that benefit each and every one of our clients. We have extensive experience as subject matter experts, raters, assessors, administrators and interviewers in promotional processes.
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