From the day we can talk, we are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We give fantasy full answers like fire fighter, princess, and astronaut without a second thought.
As we get older, we are asked the same question, but there has been no real guide along the way to help us have a deeper response about it. We are told we need a career and to study to get us there, but beyond that, then what? Are we told we need a plan? Personally, we do not recall anyone out there telling us the importance of a plan, simply being told the importance of selecting a career path.
At a very inexperienced age we are asked to make significant life decisions by selecting a career for ourselves, make an application to a university and study said industry to kick-start our very own career journeys. But we are not asked to think long term, where do we want this course/career to take us? Where do we want our lives to be in 10, 20, 30 years? The bigger question becomes – how do we get to our big vision?
As we make our first significant career decision, we think more realistically about our choices, because after all, how often does one go to sleep as an actress and wake up as a princess? So we consider things we are good at, interested in, perhaps we have family influence to push us in a direction we may not really want. In the end, most likely, we do not really know what we want but go with the usual subjects such as Business, Finance, Marketing and IT, as we know there are plenty of jobs out there for it.
For some, these choices are perfect and tick the boxes. However, for many they find they are not enjoying the course, but continue it anyway and hope the job and career they get it better.
A career plan is like any other plan you may have seen or done; it is there to guide you and keep you on track to an end goal. In order for the plan to be successful, it needs to be realistic.
You cannot go from step one to step five within a year.
You need to know and understand the industry
you are in and what is the realistic progression.
In this plan, you need to identify what skills you need to develop and build.
For example, you are a chef and wish to one day own your own restaurant. What are the gaps in your career skill set and knowledge that is holding you back from opening said restaurant today? Is it lack of experience working in one? Perhaps you do not know how to manage a business…yet. These are the steps you need to tick off to achieve your career goal.
Do not waste any further time, download this helpful career planning guide to get your career objectives in place today. This free resource will guide you to your best plan yet.
And remember, take each step at a time, if you try to bite off more than you can chew you will not be able to reach your goals as easily as you think – small steps make for larger changes.
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