careerplanFrom almost the day you enter high school, teachers, parents, employers and specialists are telling you to think about what sort of career you want and why you should be starting to plan for it immediately. Western culture gears us towards electing subjects and honing in on a career direction that will get us a job following school or university and that will provide us with financial security. Planning a career is an incredibly important aspect of devising a successful and fulfilling profession and ensuring you know where you want to go and how best to get there. Sometimes, however, too much emphasis can be placed on this process and the negatives of it are not emphasised. What ever happened to spontaneity, making the most of opportunities as they arise, and taking time to decide what direction suits you by cancelling out other options?

Steps in Creating a Career Plan

The first most important step in creating a successful career plan is realising your strengths and identifying your passions. Think about what excites you and what you would love to pursue in a long-term career. Once these are defined you then need to create goals. How far up do you want to travel? Where do you picture yourself at the height of your career? Completing such a task helps you to stick to where your passions lie and ensures you don’t simply take any job that arises, which doesn’t suit you or your skills. Wandering off the path that you envisaged yourself travelling upon can often direct you to a less fulfilling job.

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Career planning is about continuous building as opposed to isolated jobs. The key is to develop a profession – the thing you do for a living, towards which you have been educated and trained and which gives your career meaning and direction. This helps you avoid taking jobs that you don’t enjoy or don’t provide you with worthwhile experience. Essentially, if you can envision where you want your career to go, it is much easier to make it happen.

Another important aspect of career planning is conducting sufficient research. You should always make sure you talk to contacts and people within your industry to get an idea of what various jobs entail and to know which one you will aspire towards. It can also be beneficial getting your CV reviewed by someone in your field to know whether it is appropriate and adequate to take you where you want to go, and to inform you where you fall short and the areas in which you could improve.

Breaking Your Career Plan

Although it is obviously imperative to have a clear career plan in mind when building your profession, there can also be times when breaking or adapting it is essential. If you develop goals and aspirations at a young age about a career that is either unrealistic or you realise not where your true passions lie, it can be important to alter your career plan accordingly. If an opportunity arises that you didn’t have in mind, don’t let your career plan limit you or hold you back. If you think it would be worthwhile and enjoyable, take it by both hands and make the most of every opportunity. It is also important to take jobs that allow you to eliminate them from your goals if they don’t suit you. So you should always be aware of your strengths and always have goals and plans for your future career, however, you should continually be adapting this along the way and don’t discount spontaneous, promising opportunities.

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