How to Write a Career Plan

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;

  1. 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.
  1. Research:
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.




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