How do I go about de­vel­op­ing a ca­reer plan?

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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.

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