Even though we often dream of everything just going our way, luck is not always going to be on your side. This is particularly true in terms of career goals. This is why it’s so essential that you plan your own future thoroughly. Whether you’re looking into marketing recruitment or financial management, it’s just as true for students as it is those who already have put in time working for a living.
Previously, we thoroughly covered all you should know in regards to laying out your personal development goals. Now, we’re going to offer you thorough insight about laying out your career goals instead.
Break it into Steps
What exactly is your career plan? Career plans are pragmatic approaches that let you do several things. First, you ascertain what interests and skills you have. Second, you identify specific career objectives you have. Third, you put actionable steps into place that will lead you to your goals.
This is an ongoing process, and it must include the following:
- Your experience and skills thus far;
- All career goals, dreams, and ambitions you have;
- Personal/Professional interests;
- Your individual priorities;
- Actions you intend to take.
What makes career planning so essential? It’s the best means you can use to be sure your career is heading where you want it to be.
You can use career planning to determine where your passion lies, and then you can take it a step further by accelerating your career goals through actionable steps and phases. At a minimum, you’ll be able to clearly answer interview questions about career goals.
When you honestly assess your circumstances, you’ll also be capable of finding and then filling gaps in your own experience, skills, or knowledge that might actually be keeping you from getting a dream job.
Align You Actions with Your Goals
Who needs to lay out career plans? Honestly, everyone. Anyone can take advantage of career planning.
Whether you have yet to enter the professional ranks, you are freshly graduated, you want a promotion, or you would like to entirely change your career – the right career plan will align your actions with your larger goals.
Career plans don’t just help you create big changes. You can even use a career plan to pick up new knowledge, experience, and skills in certain areas.
How Can You Make Your Career Plan?
Start by assessing the options available to you. First, identify which career path suits you. Rank your choices based on strengths and interests, but also weigh factors such as commuting times, working schedule and hours, corporate culture, and of course salary.
Second, list all of your current skills, experience, and abilities. This not only narrows down your potential career paths but also tells you if you’re ready and qualified for a particular path you want to pursue. Any area where you might lack skills or knowledge is an opportunity for training and development.
Third, start setting specific goals and the actions that help you accomplish them. These can range from tiny tasks to huge ambitions, and they can also be short-range or longer-running.
Fourth, set deadlines for yourself. This should motivate you to accomplish things. You can go with exact dates or broader scales, but this is necessary to maintain effort and put some actual context to everything.
Fifth, keep coming back. No career plan is one size fits all or one and done. You have to keep updating your goals and checking in with the career planner you use. Track all progress you make, but be willing to adapt to any changing circumstances.
How can you structure your career plan? Your plan can be set up in a lot of different ways, based on how very specific your goals are and what you prioritise.
Just make sure your career planner is clear and formatted for easy reading.