Career planning is preparing yourself for the possible careers in which you can gain the maximum benefit from and setting your mind into doing it. Although career planning was once done as the first step when going into the adult world, nowadays it’s done all the time, throughout a lifetime, because the economy and society change constantly and careers need to be advanced with those changes.
To start with, you will have to initially analyze your actual position, relating to your financial condition and importantly your current mental attitude. Are you good at planning stuff, organizing schedules, or working within time constraints? Are you in a field as result of your religious, social or political influences? Are you a good leader? Do you have good inter-personal skills? The bottom line is catching the spark inside you, your passion. Be it anything, you can easily cultivate it in to a successful career.
Secondly, you have to figure out if you want to undertake a job that’s already clearly defined or try something different on your own. If you already have a job offer, think about where you want to go with it, set the ultimate goals and define how to reach them. Do your own research about career development and how far you can go from where you start.
Now take your research a step further. Try out an internship or a volunteer position, read books about those who have succeeded in your field, ask to shadow someone who does the job you’re aspiring for. Find out what others had to do to get to where you want to be: other jobs, experience, and education. And then decide if it’s something that still interests you.
It’s best to follow these steps for more than one possible career choice, but not more than a few. Unless all of them bombs, you may very well find something that you’d like to try. Enroll in courses if need be or get your resume, interview outfit, and list of companies ready and start applying for entry level positions. Or both. And remember, nothing is ever set in stone. If this doesn’t work out after a few months or you decide you no longer like the career you’ve chosen a year later – or 20 years later – you can always go back to the drawing board and start again.
Author: Gary PearsonThis author has published 27 articles so far.