You, as a civilian member of Team Coast Guard, are responsible for assessing your current career status, knowledge and skills, mobility, accomplishments, and progress as a basis for setting individual career goals. As part of this process, you should also
assess your personal interests,
define personal success,
determine your willingness to provide the investment of time, effort, and mobility needed to succeed, evaluate alternatives, and
develop a timetable.
Finally, you are responsible for seeking information on what job or training is available, where it is available, and what training paths are necessary to obtain your goals.
Development – improving your skills and knowledge – in each assignment you have is important for two reasons:
First, you need to build a successful track record. Your professional growth (demonstrated by job accomplishments) has to be must be visible to your supervisors.
Second, you should learn your current job responsibilities and should strive to raise performance of these responsibilities to an above average level. This means that while you might be working toward future assignments, you can't become so engrossed in preparing for the future that you cease performing effectively in your current job. Being able to draw upon a variety of experiences will enable you widen your perspective and apply a comprehensive outlook to later jobs. The current job should serve as a building block for later opportunities.