Career planning should be done at every stage of your working life. It shouldn't be done only when you are in high school or college. According to career change statistics, the average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life. That is a lot of changes.
Everyone can benefit from creating a career plan. Whether you are a college student or currently in employment. Knowing the right steps become clearer with career planning. A detailed career plan is one of the most useful tools you can use to identify where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there.
The most successful people in the world are constantly coming up with plans for their career success. The best you can do for yourself is to set out new plans for your career.
5 Actionable Things You Can Do to Get Your Career on Track for the New Year.
Self-evaluation is a great recipe for success. Taking the time to think about your current situation and the path you want to be on is essential for a productive career plan. Research shows self-evaluation is key to success and it increases productivity and performance.
Asking questions about yourself, personality, preference, and values, will help you reflect on your career. Here are questions that may be great to ask yourself:
If you can answer these questions with utmost sincerity, you could make a great discovery about yourself.
SET ACTIONABLE GOALS
You cannot get anywhere in life if you don't have goals. Goal setting is key to a successful career plan. But what kind of goals do you want to set for your career?
You need to set SMART goals, in other words, your goals must be:
It is not enough to set smart goals, you need to write them down and share them with a friend or coworker. According to a study, sixty-seven percent of people who write their goals down achieve excellent results. Sharing your goals helps you to enable a sense of accountability.
BUILD YOUR NETWORK
It is always said, your network is your net worth. Forming professional relationships with other groups and institutions - is vital to mapping out your career. A strong network can open doors in places you never expected.
Be intentional about increasing your network value. You can start by making useful connections on LinkedIn and other social platforms. These days people are converting the online network to real-life engagement by organizing physical events for connections made online. At a face-to-face event, introduce yourself and strike up a conversation with as many people as you can.
RESEARCH YOUR INDUSTRY
Do not limit yourself by setting small goals. In a very perfect world, what would you do for a living? You need to do some research and job search for a title you want to have. Titles can be vague or overly specific so don't be too attached to the title. Read the job description, paying close attention to the skills and responsibilities of the position. Who do they report to? How much education do they have? What kind of companies are hiring for that role? Have it in mind that there are many titles and roles you have never heard of, therefore, keep an open mind and speak with people.
To conclude, you always have a chance when there is a plan, but with no plan, you go nowhere. You know yourself and what you want to do, and you have your goals set written down. At this stage in your career, you need to know your interests and skills and start figuring out what you need to do to get where you want to go. Yes, it's time to make that career decision. It is never too late to start planning your career.