I hope this article proves to be productive and also be able to depict different steps which will help you in establishing a career plan. By doing so, a student or a professional may be able to stay on course and also stay motivated towards developing a successful career.
When the time is right, you start thinking about your career. So, before you step onto that path, you may want to create a plan for the future roadblocks you might face. You also need to evaluate yourself before you draw a conclusive plan about your future. Some of the below points might be of your assistance in creating a perfect plan and then implement it with perfection and precision.
1) Start by identifying your career options:
Start by creating a filtered list of career options depending on your interests, skills and also by self-assessing yourself. You can also narrow your options by researching on companies and talking to the professionals who work in the field of your interest. You can further go ahead and take part in volunteering programs or take up an internship in any organization of your field. With this, you can make your career list slimmer which in turn will make it easier for you to choose.
2) Learn to prioritize your options:
After you are done with listing all your options you have to learn how to prioritize it. By looking at your various career options, you first have to self-assess yourself by figuring out your top skills, which is the area you are most interested in? Is it any challenging which helps you grow your intellect? Is the location right? Big paycheck? You have to develop yourself in such a way that you have to figure out what’s the game-setter.
3) Start considering other factors:
You should also start weighing up options apart from your personal preferences. You should start looking out for demand in this field. You must also check the qualifications required to enter this field. If any additional certifications or training is required to get this job or college? Will it have the impact you were looking for? Determine the outcome and the barricades of each option you consider.
4) Make the decision:
You should always determine the path which is best for you. Your decision on what path you choose totally depends on your comfort level. If you are at the initial stage of your career, you might want several options which also tends to increase the number of opportunities you would have. And steadily narrow your options down depending on your compatibility and need and make that decision which might well be very helpful in your job search or college search.
5) Set goals for yourself:
Now that you have decided what path you will take, it’s time to create a plan to implement this decision. Determine the short term and long term goals. You need to commit to the time you have chosen to reach your destination. Your goals should be relevant to you and whatever goals or options or path you have decided to take should have 50% chance of success. The other half totally depends on how your work on it.
6) Create your own action plan:
It is important to have expectations from what career path you choose but make sure its a realistic one. Note down the action plan step by step and tick it off as soon as you complete it. I was mentioning about setting short term and long term goals in the previous point and the fact that it is very important to make a note of all the short term goals which you wish to achieve in order to achieve the long-term goal.
And your goals/priorities will tend to change from point to point but believe me, that is completely normal. It’s important to be realistic about expectations and timelines. Write down specific action steps to take to achieve your goals and help yourself stay organized. Check them off as you complete them, but feel free to amend your career action plan as needed. Your goals and priorities may change, and that’s perfectly okay.