Career developement plan: How to plan your future career

Building a career nowadays is not restricted to working in the same job at the same company for the rest of your life like our parents and grandparents did. The employment world is becoming very fragile and complexe leaving no room for false notes.

In order to succeed in your professionnal life you need a reliable and a well thought about career developement plan. It is advised to not settle for any position that is presented to you without thinking ahead.

In the few coming lines we will be discussing how to plan your future career and set a career progression plan.

First step: Strategic planning!

In order to reach the goals you have set, you need a strategic plan first. The objective being set and that is the professionnal activity you wish to pursue in the future, you should move to the action plan.

The action plan consists of defining the resources and mobilizing the means you need to succeed in the career plan you have set. Then cite all your personnal assets such as:

  • Personal qualities,
  • Your knowledge,
  • Technical skills,
  • Your relational and professional network.

And finally a provisional schedule defining your various actions over time to assure the success of your career progression plan.

Set more than just one career developement plan.

Making more than one career developement plan allows you to rectify any mistake that you might make and bounce back better. You should therefore take the time to think about it so that it is: motivating, achievable and realistic and in accordance with your personality and skills.

In conclusion, building a good career plan consists of:

  • Knowing what you want ;
  • Being able to present and argue what you want during an interview (recruitment or when you ask for a promotion);
  • Be useful when creating or taking over a business, or when changing career direction.

Review your career plan regularly.

You have noted your career progression plan, your objectives, the time frame and how to achieve them: the path to take seems to be well mapped out. However, you should not stray too far from it. It will be important to refer regularly to the assessment you have made and the career plan you have drawn up (every six months, for example). The idea will be to measure your evolution, to re-evaluate the deadlines and to readjust the milestones set if necessary. The economic situation may indeed change, as may your personal situation or your motivation, but you are the one who sets the course.

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