Navigating a career is never a straight line.

You’ll hit plateaus. New opportunities will grab you before you’re ready. Your lifestyle may be out of whack with your income. There are many of us who do not even have a good sense of what their next step might be.

Aspiring professionals that find themselves in this position usually do not shrug and accept an aimless reality. They ask questions, they search for answers, and they seek support.

There are two common problems with this—two problems that we hope to help solve.

Problem #1: information overload

Today’s age is full of content feeds that promote hustle attitude and offer tons of career advice. A litany of blog posts on this very subject are but a Google search away.

Social media habits promote the ‘endless scroll,’ where we spend most of our time consuming content and little to no time actioning on it.

Trying to find direction and support in this environment can become overwhelming.

Problem #2: weak support structures

Workplaces rarely have robust career support systems. Individuals rarely build one independently for themselves.

A career support system is not:

  • A budget line item for occasional training
  • A sporadic 1:1 chat about ‘how things are going’
  • Attending a few conferences every year
  • Support for a select few people in the organization
  • After work drinks

Some of these things can help.

But if they’re not placed in a wider context and discipline, they will not contribute meaningfully to professional development. The same way that running on a treadmill once every three weeks does not constitute a fitness plan, occasional nods to career building will do little to advance you.

Traditional approaches to career advancement leave a lot to be desired. Source.

Clear Crossing Academy’s goals

Through tackling these two issues, we want to help professionals do three things:

  1. Establish a professional development routine
  2. Contribute and give back to their support network
  3. Celebrate a career milestone

Our counters to the two problems look like this:

Information overload → Skills concentration in three critical areas

We focus CCA’s lessons, exercises, discussions and content around three areas: Leadership, Culture and Storytelling. Depending on who you are, you may benefit from one or all three. All three have fascinating and beneficial intersections. All three are important for professional development.

Weak support structures → Private social network

CCA’s curriculum and content is not delivered directly to you. It is shared on a private platform among a community of like minded peers from all over the world. This creates a two-way street of interaction not only with the specific skills material, but between members and instructors as well.

A new kind of career support network

Combined, the form and function of CCA’s material aims to give powerful career support to those of us that do not already have it.

As we grow, so does the strength of the support structure—to the point where it may make sense for small or new businesses to enroll their employees, which further grows the system, and so on, and so forth.

Join us for free

Our free forever programs allow new members to settle into the basics of establishing a professional development routine. The paid programs are designed to be high-value, cost-effective deep dives into the three skill areas of Leadership, Culture and Storytelling. We also offer a range of free and paid courses on specific topics.

All members have the ability to contribute and join us in making meaningful impacts on both our own and others’ careers.

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