Are you just starting out in your career and wondering which direction to take? Or are you thinking about taking a job in a new field? If so, the time to take control of your career and future is now. When you do not proactively focus on what you want in life, you risk your life going in a direction that you do not want. A career development plan can act as a map for your career success and help you stay focused. Regardless if you are looking for a new job or you are currently employed, anyone can write a career development plan. The following questions can be used as a guideline while you are working on your own plan.
1. What do you want to accomplish professionally?
How you define success? Imagine yourself 20 to 50 years from now. When you look back on your life, what do you want to have accomplished? Perhaps you’d like to start your own business or join the Peace Corps. Once you have decided, write down all of your professional goals.
2. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
Next, think about your short-term and long-term goals. For this exercise, consider your short-term goals as any goal you want to accomplish within six months to a year. Meanwhile you can meet your long-term goals within three to five years. For example, meeting all of the requirements at your company so you can qualify for an end of the year bonus can be a short-term goal. A long-term goal could be your desire to start your own firm or consulting business.
Are there any special skills you may need to advance in your career? Any potential barriers that may stop you from achieving them? Talk with a mentor or someone you trust for advice and feedback regarding your goals. Also, make a deadline for your goals and tell your loved ones and mentor so they can hold you accountable.
3. How can you move past any potential barriers?
For each obstacle you identified while making your career development list, brainstorm some ideas on how you can move past them to progress in your career. If you know you will need a certificate or more education for one of your goals, research which training courses you would need to take and how much it would be. Once you take action and understand how you can defeat any obstacles that may come your way, you can move forward with confidence.
4. Review your plan every six months
Lastly, we recommend that you review your career development plan every six months or at least once a year to make sure you are on the right track. You can also use that time to review your goals and make changes in case you have changed your goals or life circumstances have changed your path. Did you experience the obstacles you had originally identified? And if so, what progress have you made in tackling them? The more frequently you evaluate your plan the easier it will be to make adjustments to fit your current situation. After all, sometimes life doesn’t match our carefully made plans, so anything could make your career development plan change course.
Whether you’ve just graduated college or you have been in the workforce for decades, we encourage you to take action and make your own career development plan right now. The sooner you think about your career goals, the sooner you will be able to achieve them.
Please contact us to learn about our expertise in recruiting for Leadership positions with emphasis in Medical Device, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Health Information Sciences including Clinical, Marketing, Sales, Quality, etc. We look forward to the opportunity to help you excel in the future!
Follow me on Twitter @PrimeCoreSearch.