How do I go about developing a career plan?
SEEK advice from experts, others in the industry and professional networks to find the best approach to reaching your goal and set yourself targets and activities that will assist you to get there. These activities might include training or further education, opportunities to progress through promotion in your own organisation or looking for progression opportunities in other organsiations. Don’t be afraid to take a sideways step that will help you achieve your goal. Review your plan regularly to keep an eye on your progress and maintain focus on your original goal. A CAREER plan needs to undergo constant revision as your needs, goals and situation changes. It’s not something you work on just once. Firstly, spend time reflecting and reviewing your career history .What have been your major successes and key lessons? To look ahead, gain an understanding of what makes you feel successful and positive about what it is you do each day. Increase your knowledge of the external job market to learn what the future is predicting for your profession/industry and also to uncover unknown opportunities within other sectors. THERE are four key questions associated with a good career plan: ‘‘ Who am I?’’ is all about understanding yourself from a work motivation perspective – what your key strengths, work values and occupational interests are. ‘‘ Where am I?’’ helps you understand your current work state in terms of work environment, cultural fit and existing brand and reputation. ‘‘ Where do I want to go?’’ helps you define where you want to go (within your organisation or externally). ‘‘ How am I going to get there?’’ lets you create a career strategy map with multiple options for each possible role and a way to execute the plan. ESSENTIAL to any plan is identification of your priorities and factors that are negotiable and non-negotiable, such as desired job type, industry, role, salary, employment conditions, company culture, location and work/life balance. Try to be objective in your assessment of your career potential or opportunities and seek feedback from trusted, credible professionals or workmates. And check out the views of your most beloved. Once the review, assessment and plan are complete, develop specific career goals that are measurable, attainable and time related.