A career plan is a written document which can evolve, grow and change over time, as your Career progresses.
A career plan involves the following steps;
- Reflection and self assessment:
- Ask yourself a number of questions: what you enjoy and how you might incorporate your skills and interests into a career.
- MAKE A LIST OF CAREERS YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE.
- From the list of career ideas- make a list of occupations you would like to explore.
- Network-talk to people in the industry, participate in work experience, make inquiries; do you need to enrol in further studies, qualifications, look at the statistics for chosen occupations.
- The more you know, the better equipped you will be when deciding your career pathway.
- Reflect on your life goals:
- Write a list of your short term (1-3 years) and long term goals.
- Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 and 20 years time? For example, do you see yourself with a partner, children, do you expect to be running your own business, have a qualification, be wealthy, or own your home? Just remember these are your goals, they are personal to you and may vary and change over the years.
- Include Personal and professional barriers into each time period, with strategies to overcome these barriers. For example: in five years time, I would like to be a successful published author (fantasy genre). I hope to write a series; a trilogy of my first novel. Personal barriers might include: Finding the balance between family and working from home, achieving continued success and building up loyal fan base and understanding how to market and promote myself as an author.
- Now try to narrow down the list of occupations you would like, to those that will improve your chance of achieving your life goals.
- Choose three of the careers/occupations and write down a list of career milestones you hope to achieve. For example as a writer, I hope to achieve a publishing contract: my first novel published and many more novels after that.
- Prepare a detailed analysis, of the steps vital in achieving your career goals. Ensure this list is detailed:
- with career milestones
- what recourses will be required, (money, office, staff, qualifications etc)
- How you will market yourself and your skills. Building a reputation can be achieved by persistence and some self-promotion.
Remember your career plan will change and develop over time, what you want today might be different to what your want in the future and that’s okay.