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Employment Corner Career Planning or “What’s Next”…

Tim Marks, PGA PGA Employment Consultant

While summer is a busy time for all of you, it is also a great time to sit back and take stock of “what’s next” and “what should I do to figure out what’s next”? Many of you reading this may have already attained that career goal, many have not, but now is always the best time to evaluate where you stand and where are you headed. Allow me to give you some ideas and tasks to perform to help you through this process. 

Get started now! Many of those who fail to achieve success do not have goals and objectives to strive for.  It is a good idea to focus on what you want your career goal to be. What is the ultimate position that interests you the most? General Manager? Head Golf Professional? Course Owner/Operator? Director of Instruction? Retail Professional? There are many positions available in our industry that lead to successes. In order to achieve them you must plan for them.  Educate yourself! Becoming certified and moving through the PGA Certified Professional Program is a great way to find out what career path you want to go down. Click here for more information on CPP 2.0. Educate yourself by putting yourself in situations of greater responsibility in your current position. Ask questions and learn how every department in your facility operates. If your desire is to learn more about food and beverage, ask for help from the person at your facility that deals with this the most and then learn how their department operates. Be the person that gets ahead by doing and becoming involved!  Determine what you need to prepare for the career path you have in mind. One of the best ways to do this is to read and understand the job description for that ultimate position you desire and to set your path based on the skills needed to accomplish the duties required. PGA Employment Services has job descriptions located on PGALinks for your use and we are also currently updating them to make them more relevant to today’s industry. The new descriptions should be available later this summer. Current descriptions can be found here.  Create a simple Career Plan.  Career goal:  To become a General Manager at a public golf facility  Possible requirements:  What are the requirements of the position, or what skills do you need to procure such a position? College Education, Certification, Food & Beverage knowledge, financial skills, etc.  Current skills and interests:  What skills do you currently possess that have you started on this path  Plan to reach career goal:  Finish a degree, complete certification, procure positions leading to the goal, etc. These are just some of the things that you can do to get a career plan started. If you need additional assistance with this, would like to learn more about it, or ask any other employment issues or questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great summer!

Tim Marks, PGA | Employment Consultant | 815.630.5196 – Office | tmarks@pgahq.com Gateway Section | 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Ste 110 | Chesterfield, MO 63005-1360 | gateway@pgahq.com | www.gatewaypga.org 8 

Gateway Section PGA Newsletter June 2013  

Gateway Section Newsletter June 2013

Gateway Section PGA Newsletter June 2013  

Gateway Section Newsletter June 2013

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