Our hope is that things go the way we want automatically, but unfortunately, luck and perhaps coincidences aren’t always on our side with regards to career goals. That’s why it is so important to effectively plan for the future, whether you are still in school or have been working for some time.
Personal development planning and everything to do with it has been discussed previously, so the following is a comprehensive guide for making a career plan.
What’s a Career Plan?
It is a practical strategy for helping you set career goals, determine your interests and skills, and put actions in place for helping you achieve them.
It is a continuous process that includes an overview of:
- Your Interests
- Your Career Goals
- Your Current Experience and Skills
- Your Intended Actions
- Your Priorities
What’s the Importance of Career Planning?
Career planning is an excellent way to make sure that your career is headed in the right direction. It not only helps you in realising your passion but also supports the actualisation of your career goals with tangible aims and actions. It will, at the very least, help you answer the career goal questions at the next interview you are invited to.
If you assess your situation, you can identify and fill any gaps in your experience or knowledge that could be holding you back from your dream creative jobs.
Who Needs to Make a Career Plan?
Just about anyone can benefit from creating a career plan. Whether you are still in school, you have just graduated, you are looking to switch careers, or want to get promoted, a career plan ensures that your actions line up with your goals.
It is not actually just the major changes that a career plan helps implement. It can also be used for learning new skills and widening your knowledge in a certain area.
How to Make a Career Plan
Assess the Options Currently Available to You. You first need to determine what career option is ideal for you. Prioritise your choice based on your strengths and interests and don’t forget to consider the importance of factors such as working hours, company culture, salary, and commute time.
List Your Current Skills. If you list your current abilities, skills, and experience, you will not only have a better understanding of what career paths are most suitable for you but this will also help you determine if you are qualified enough to take your preferred route. The areas where you lack knowledge in will then inform the actions that you should take with regards to development and training.
Set Goals and Actions: After deciding on your ideal career path, you need to set some goals that will determine the decisions you should take. They could be either big or small or even short-term and long-term.
Give Yourself Timeframes: To motivate yourself to get things done, you need to set deadlines for each of your goals. Whether you choose to work towards specific dates or pick a broader timeframe – including this in your career plan will give your goals some realistic context and will keep you motivated to keep going.
Keep Checking Back: A career plan is not a set-and-forget solution. To ensure that your goals are up-to-date, you need to keep checking back on our career planner. Doing that will not only help you track your progress, but it will also mean that you can modify it if your circumstances change.
How Should a Career Plan Be Structured?
Career plans can be laid out in a variety of ways, depending on how specific you wish to be when it comes to your goals and what you wish to place precedence on achieving. Still, it is important to ensure that your career planner always follows a clear and easy-to-follow format.