Step-by-Step Guide: Building Your Personal Career Plan
The career coach at ‘My Study Destination‘ emphasizes the building of personal career plans as they help in putting the actions (or steps to be taken) on a timeline. That is, they help in building a strong and effective action plan for career development.
The steps to be included in the building of your personal career plan are as given below:
1. Identification of Your Career Goals
You need to start off by identifying your career objectives. What are your professional aspirations? What undergraduate degree do you want to pursue and what will be the choice of your study destination? Will there be a need to get back for a postgraduate degree? You need to be comprehensive in drafting your career plan.
Even more, you need to analyze what it is that really matters to you in your life? Will your career decisions align with your life goals? Does your personality matches with the job role you’re considering for yourself in the future?
It is pivotal that all your life aspirations fit well into your career plan.
2. Assessing Your Skill set
Have you made realistic goals for yourself?
What is your current skill set? Will it be possible to reach your ultimate goal by expanding your current skill set? What are those skills that will be required to reach your target?
Will it be possible to reach your ultimate goal by expanding your current skill set? What are those skills that will be required to reach your target?
What are those skills that will be required to reach your target?
Evaluation of your strengths is not enough. You need a fair assessment of your weaknesses as well. Make a list of those areas where you’ll be needing improvement. The analysis of your weaknesses is important for setting realistic goals in your career plan.
3. Explore Multitude of Career Opportunities
After you’ve gained a clear understanding of your strength and weaknesses, you might want to explore other career options that are available. Or, it might be a good idea to research different routes that can help you reach your destination. You might also want to analyze which route will take minimum time and energy to get there. Even more, what it is that can be done to maximize your chances of success on the chosen path?
Analysis of your strengths and weaknesses alone will not suffice. There will be more things that may your way. It is, therefore, crucial to analyze different issues that might come up your way and work towards finding the solutions. In case you find yourself stuck at some point, there is absolutely no harm in seeking the help of a career coach or counselor.
5. Put your Plan into Action
After you’re through with all the research work and planning, it’s time to put your plan into action. You must ensure that there are no significant gaps as they can hinder your chances of growth. While you’re putting your plan into action, you might want to divide your plan of action into small segments like the components requiring immediate attention and action and the ones that can be delayed for some time.
6. Tracking the Progress
After building your career plan and putting it into action, the next important thing is to track your progress. It will help you to put all your goals and action on a timeline. Identifying different milestones in your journey and celebrating each one of them (as you accomplish them) can give a significant boost to your morale.
Finally, there will be times when you’ll be needing the motivation to get going. Talking to experts in your field can help you whenever you feel low. Also when you have an effective career plan in front of you, it acts as your guide and motivates you to work harder.
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