Whether you’re looking for a job or have one already, a career plan is crucial to helping you get to where you want to be in your career and in life. It might take some time, but planning your career will help you make the right decisions along the way.
Haven’t created a career plan before? Grab a pen and paper and follow this simple four-step plan to create your roadmap to success.
Step 1 – Who you are
The first step is to write about your skills and interests. What do you like to do and what do you do well? What aspects of your job do you like and what tasks do you want to do more of?
Step 2 – Who you want to be
The next step is to decide who you want to be. Consider your role now and the opportunities for growth. Based on your skills, interests, strengths, and weaknesses, what role can you see yourself grow into?
Step 3 – Do a skills-gap analysis
Once you’ve decided what your destination is, find out the skills that you don’t have but your goal role requires. Do some online research or ask your manager for advice. Or, you can get in touch with our helpful Education Consultants who will be happy to discuss your needs, for free!
Step 4 – Create an action plan
Now that you have your starting point and your finishing line, it’s time to make fill in the part in the middle with actions and milestones. These actions will help you get the skills necessary for the job you want. This might include taking courses, increasing your network, getting a mentor, or all the above!
Don’t forget to review your career plan from time to time. You’ll able to check off some of the actions you planned and keep yourself motivated as you move closer to your goals. On the other hand, you might find that circumstances have changed and that you have different goals to plan for.