A succinct, detailed career plan can be used to identify where you are, where you want to be and how to get there. Here are five key steps to follow when creating your own career plan:
Who am I?
Think about what you want to do and how your personality, values, likes and dislikes might impact you career. Write down your answers to each of these to form your personal ‘wish list':
What skills do I currently have?
Your current skillset can reveal a lot about where the next step in your career could be. Review your skills with these questions:
Which direction do I want to go?
From the answers you can now start to formulate which direction you want to head in:
When do I want to achieve this by?
Write a list of the things you absolutely hate doing, what you don't mind doing and what you love and wish you could do more of.
Now that you have established where you want to go, how will you go about getting there? To help break down your goals to be more manageable for your career plan ask yourself the following questions:
Review and reflect:
Every few months as required, it is important to monitor the progress of your career plan to ensure that you are meeting your goals now that you have a clear path for moving forward.
Remember you won’t necessarily find the perfect career path when you first sit down to create a plan which is why it is important to re-evaluate your career plan and goals to adjust to any changing economic and personal circumstances.
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