Career planning is essential to achieving success in your chosen career. Knowing in which direction you are headed and what is required will help you to achieve your goal.
Planning is a basic, yet key principle used by successful business people. Think of it as a road map. Formulate plans on a regular basis to control your direction, make the best use of your resources and measure your progress or results.
Our Suggestions Below May Assist You With Setting Out Your Career Plans:
1) Explore the possibilities out there
The initial step in formulating a career plan involves exploring the occupations and learning areas that interest you. Get to know your own skills, interests, and values intimately. Once you have some idea of your occupational preferences you can research the specific skills and qualifications required for those occupations.
- How do my skills and interests match up with these occupations?
• Where are the gaps?
• What options do I have to gain these skills or qualify for these occupations?
• What skills do I need?
• Where is the work?
• How can I get advice on my capabilities?
2) Compare options
The next step is about narrowing down your choices and thinking about what suits you best.
- What are my best work/training options?
• How do they match with my skills, interests, and values?
• How do they fit with the current career market?
• How do they fit with my current situation and responsibilities?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
3) Take action
Now what do you need to do to put your plan into action?
- What actions/steps will help me achieve my work, training, and career goals?
• Where can I get help?
• Who will support me?
Actioning Your Career Plan
Having the plan in place is just the start. Now comes the hard work! Implementation! Bear in mind you have a number of resources available to you if you just look for them…
Your support networks
Consider your own network of contacts. Many opportunities become available through referrals and “word of mouth” – so, if you are able, spread the word amongst close friends as to what sort of role you are looking for.
Not all vacancies are advertised so networking will help you access opportunities.
However, effective networking covers more than simply adding new LinkedIn connections. It means staying in touch and one of the best ways to do this is to join an industry association or professional group and attend functions or seminars.
Getting the best out of your Aicila Recruitment Consultant
The Aicila Group Recruitment Consultants are here to guide and assist you. The better they understand your career objectives the more likely they are to be able to help you achieve them. We love seeing our candidate’s careers develop over time. We are here to work with you and always welcome your call – contact us now
A final note:
Career planning or goal setting will only achieve its purpose if you adhere to the principles of measuring your progress and following the path you have planned. This means it is important to write down your goals. Define them, be specific, and ensure they are measurable. The process of putting pen to paper allows you to keep a clear focus, check your achievements and make the necessary alterations when required. Your career will probably span the next forty years of your life, so start planning now.