Your success in your study or current employment lays the foundation for future growth and progression.
Your success in your study or current employment lays the foundation for future growth and progression. A future employer will look for a track record on which you can build. One way to develop this is to focus on your P-I-E – Performance, Image, Exposure.
What gets you noticed (e.g. in your CV or a job application), and what builds your professional reputation.
Is the most common thing for which you will be compared, e.g. in a promotion process.
Signals your ability to take on more or different responsibilities.
Must grow with you – the bar is always being raised as you progress.
Your ‘personal brand’ – how others perceive you.
It’s the message you send before you speak, whether you intend to or not. Your image should say “I’m ready”.
Includes how you dress, your confidence, and your demeanour – practice meeting people.
Develops early in your career. Every interaction counts – try to make them positive.
How others know about your good performance.
Be visible to those who can support you in progressing your career.
Can be influenced by a network of employers, colleagues, champions and other contacts.
Allows you to engage outside your immediate network, and have a greater professional impact.
Can be good or bad – explore your opportunities and make choices that align with your values and career goals.
Becoming Your Best Self Through Performance, Image, and Exposure, LinkedIn
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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) (2021) The ‘P-I-E’ approach to career success. Available at www.rgs.org/careersresources/PIE. Last accessed on: <date>
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