Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from the age of 5, others are still finding their passion in their twenties. But whether you’re decided or still a little confused, a career plan helps you to define your goals and create a strategy to get you where you want to be!
We’re going to help you develop a career plan that allows you to make the most of your passion and skills, so you have a clearer idea of what your future could look like.
1. Assess your skills
This is a good place to start if you’re not sure what you want to do, as listing your current job skills can point you in a direction.
- You need to look at what you have right now in terms of hard and soft skills, and industry experience.
- Hard skills are things like any qualifications as well as technical skills – for example your degree, proficiency in a programme like Adobe or Pastel, or even practical skills such as sewing or woodworking.
- Soft skills are life skills that you have developed through experience. These might include communication skills, project management (thank you group work!) or time management.
- Reflect on your skills as well as any industry experience. You will probably notice a pattern that points you towards a particular industry. Also think about any gaps where you can gain more knowledge and experience in the future.
2. Identify jobs to grow your career
Now that you have a better idea of your skills and the industry they are suited to; you can identify employment opportunities.
- Lateral jobs are jobs at the same level in terms of an industry hierarchy, so it’s unlikely to mean a promotion or salary increase. However lateral jobs are great for building well-rounded skills.
- Sequential jobs help you to climb the ladder by being promoted. Giving you more responsibility and respect.
- Both job types are essential to develop a strong career plan.
- Write down up to 5 potential jobs that will help you further your career, as well as the required skills and experience for each.
3. Develop a career plan
- Write down where you are now, what job you would like to be doing in 5 years, and your ultimate dream job.
- Write down the steps needed to take you from your current position, to where you want to be in 5 years, and then onto your dream job.
- Include things like skills and further education, type of experience and networking opportunities that you need to seek.
- Place reasonable deadlines to achieve small goals related to your career plan.
A career plan is a fantastic way to discover what you want from your career and focus your goals. Writing it down makes your dreams more real and achievable – it’s the best career advice we could give you!