“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”
How many times have you switched careers in your life? What caused you to make those decisions? How was your professional and personal life affected by the decisions that you’ve made? Are you happy with your career choices? Did you have any regrets? I know these may seem uncomfortable questions to answer, but they nail the issue hard on its head and quite frankly you shouldn’t make life choices that will only cause problems later on in your life. It’s understandable that we can’t control all things in our life, but the least that we can do is manage them well.
This is why it’s so important to have a career management plan. If you want to know more, then continue reading.
Short-Term Career Planning
People normally start off with the short-term career goals, especially if you have outstanding student loans or there are only a few job openings for your coursework; or the competition between job applicants is so stiff. The fact is that you need to think of the “now” and it will be the main motivator for your career planning for 1 – 5 years. It is advisable not to remain in the job for more than 5 years as it will derail your career all together, so if you’ll work short-term to pay off some debts or prepare for the next level in your career path; get in and get out quick!
Watch out for the things that will be a stumbling block along your way, they can cause big and longterm problems. These may include lack of motivation, laziness, family pressure, apathy or procrastination. Following someone else’s career path because they’ve become so successful in life yet you really have no enthusiasm or interest in that kind of jobs can also spell disaster in the end.
You need to plan for everything step-by-step, make sure that the plan is logically sound and in line with the current industry trends and job markets; and do a feasibility study with an outcome of 90% success rate.
Career Planning Steps:
- Pick one! By now you might be checking multiple career paths and even a person who has an associate’s degree in agriculture will have at least 5 various career paths; so it’s no surprise if you’ll have the same or more to chose from. Narrow down your choices and concentrate on a particular career path.
- Research on that particular career and make a checklist.
- Match your qualifications against the career checklist to see if you’re the most suited applicant for a particular job opening, then apply for the job.
- If your profile does not match the job requirements, then double back and find another job post that does.
- Or you can also get an upskills training in order to be qualified for the job. There are a lot of places where you can get job certifications and you can use these to back up your resume and get the job you aim for.
Longterm Career Planning
When plan for a longterm career goal, you plan for all your life and that includes selecting the best careers to start with, growing in your career path, aiming for a higher job position in as little as 5 years or so into the job and a good retirement plan. This is where you’ll go for the long haul where the benefits will be for lifetime and therefore it needs careful planning and strategy. Here are some preferred methods for longterm career planning:
- Make a top 10 list of the best careers in your field of expertise (do not include careers that you’re not qualified for or have no idea about).
- Select your best 3 careers from the list and make a thorough assessment.
- Make a final decision on just 1 career path and make sure that this career will allow you to understand the entirety of the job description, enjoy the challenges of the job, pays well and have other benefits; have room to grow into the supervisory or managerial roles (some may even get you to the executive roles in the longrun), have a rich savings account and ensures you have a retirement plan afterwards.
- Apply for jobs related to this career in order to get started and don’t forget to ace that job interview as well.
- Once you get hired, then implement the rest of the strategy to get to where you want to be.