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Getting your dream job doesn’t happen overnight. The most successful professionals didn’t just stumble into their lines of work, but rather they developed a strategic plan and made concentrated efforts to advance until their goals were within reach. If planning your entire career sounds like an overwhelming process, that’s because it is – a reason why many people tend to put it off. Like any other large project, career planning requires taking an overwhelming end task and dividing it up into smaller, easier to handle chunks.
Take the first step to planning your career by following this process.
Do Some Self-Reflection
Before you get down to the details, set aside some time to just let your mind run free. Think about your school/work history, including how you started, your natural talents, and what you like/dislike the most in responsibilities, work environment, management style, etc. This will give you a better sense of the career for which you should be planning.
Consider Your Options
Review the details you compiled from your self-reflection and determine what types of jobs, industry, ranking, and work environment you could pursue. Do some research, such as looking up job postings and the corresponding required qualifications, asking questions in industry discussion forums, or reading LinkedIn profiles for professionals in the type of work you’re interested in, to figure out the real-life career options available.
Set Some Goals
After reviewing all of the options out there, pinpoint what you want to achieve in your career. Create some broader, long-term goals, as well as some short-term and more specific goals. For example, a long-term goal would be to become a senior level executive, while a short-term goal may be to get experience managing a project.
Divide Out the Steps
Take each of your goals and list out all of the steps required to achieve them, making them as specific as possible. For example, if you want to transition from sales rep to manager, some steps may include: volunteering for any leadership tasks (such as training new hires), attending leadership courses, finding a mentor, and expressing your ambitions to your boss.
Prioritize Your Plan
Set aside consistent time to work on the steps in your career plan. It’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day workload that you forget to work toward your future goals. Prioritize your career plan steps just as much as any other task: schedule it on your calendar, add it to your To Do list, and don’t think of it as optional.
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