Summary:

It doesn’t matter at what point in life you are at; whether you’ve dropped out of school, you recently graduated or are already employed. Having a plan for your future is always important and can make the difference between constantly changing jobs or following a well-structured path that will lead you to your desired career destination.

7 Tips For Career Planning At Any Point In Your Life

It doesn’t matter at what point in life you are at; whether you’ve dropped out of school, you recently graduated or are already employed. Having a plan for your future is always important and can make the difference between constantly changing jobs or following a well-structured path that will lead you to your desired career destination.

In this article we will share with you tips to improve and grow your career planning strategy.


1.- Keep updating your resume.

Some opportunities come only once in a lifetime, and when they arrive at your doorstep you’d better be prepared to jump on them. 

Regardless of your industry or your occupation, keeping a regularly-updated and well-written resume at the ready is one of the best things that you can do to be prepared for applying to unexpected opportunities that come your way.


2.- Set aside “career time”

Scheduling time to truly focus on what you want out of your career is another good habit to develop. It doesn’t have to be done frequently - even once or twice a year can be enough - depending on your situation. The important thing is that in those moments you really focus all of your attention on analyzing where you are in order to strategize on where you want to be.


3.- Reflect on your accomplishments

Think about your work experience, education and qualifications, skill sets, workplace performance, accomplishments outside work, etc. How have you used them to get the results you’ve been looking for?

Taking a look back at what you have accomplished can have a very positive effect on your confidence, but it can also be a catalyst for you to question whether:  i) you are on the right career path; ii( you have met many of your career goals; or, iii) you need to make a drastic career change.


4.- Set your career goals.

Once you have a better idea of what you would like to pursue going forward, the next step is to set updated career goals. This is a good way to keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.

Set yourself some short-term goals that can be accomplished within the next year and some longer-term goals to be accomplished over several years.

Remember to make all your goals SMART!

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Relevant

Time-bound


5. Think of what you like, dislike, need, and want from work

Our necessities and desires change over time, so it is always important to reflect on what things are truly important to you. Make a list of what you “like” and “dislike” about your current work. (Hopefully there are more things that you like about your job than things you don’t, but if that is not the case, maybe it is time to consider a new direction?)


6.- Improve and learn from your network

Building relationships with leaders from within and outside your industry, attending job conferences, and getting exposed to other environments can be a great way to expand your vision of what other options are out there that you might have never thought about. 

The better your network, the more opportunities you will have to learn from other people who have enjoyed success. 


7.- Stay Motivated

As with any plan, staying motivated is necessary to keep you on track to meeting your goals. There are many things you can do on a daily basis to stay motivated. Here are a few ideas:

  • Remember the “Why?”: The answer to this is usually related to a dream you have for yourself - take your time and really think about why you are doing the things you are doing. What steps have you chosen to take as part of your career plan? Why those?
  • Visualize: Create a clear vision of what you want to achieve. This could be anything of importance to you, such as: a milestone; a short-term goal; or a long-term goal. Think about what will happen once you achieve it, what will your life look like? How are you going to feel about having achieved your career vision?
  • Remind yourself of the plan: Do not become so caught-up in your daily routine that you forget about what you are working towards “long-term”. Find a way to regularly remind yourself of your ultimate goal. Start your day by repeating a phrase related to your goal, something that will motivate you throughout your day.

Ultimately, career planning is all about you taking control of your future by setting achievable goals. With some self-reflection and research, you can ensure that every step you take is a step  closer to your desired future.

If you find yourself struggling with developing your career plan, consider hiring the assistance of a Career Coach. They are trained to provide you with support and guidance that will help you meet your career goals.

More Articles

View All
6 Tips For Writing A Cover Letter
The Best Way To Describe Yourself In An Interview
Signs That You Are About To Get Fired
© Career Ferocious, a Stature Leadership Innovations Inc. company. All rights reserved.
Website design and development by Humanatronix Media Ltd.