Tips for creating a successful career plan

Today’s career progression isn’t the linear ladder it used to be. Workplaces are ever-changing and restructures are continually reshaping our career options. That’s why it’s important to take control of your career rather than leave it to chance. By actively building your career resilience, you can do just that.

Working in an environment where change is the norm can make anyone feel uncertain about their future. Taking a career resilient approach puts you back in the driver’s seat, rather than leaving your career in the hands of your employer. And having a career plan is an important first step.

How to design a successful career plan

Think of your career plan as a roadmap to help you navigate the varied terrain ahead. It helps you assess any opportunities that come up and prioritise the focus of your professional development.

Make sure your career plan sets you up for success with these tips:

  • State what you want from your work, but also what you don’t want to do
  • Incorporate your values, personal boundaries and professional aspirations
  • Include an assessment of your strengths, knowledge and experience
  • Pinpoint your competency and work gaps to identify professional development areas.

What if you’re not sure where you want to head?

If you already know what you want to do, developing your career plan may come easily. But if you’re still figuring it out or tossing up a few options, here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:

  • Is there a way to build a career around my passions?
  • What types of roles will allow me to best use my core strengths?
  • What tasks and responsibilities bring me the most satisfaction?
  • What are the tasks and responsibilities that drain my energy?
  • Will the path I’m considering offer me growth, healthy challenges and the chance to keep learning?

Be prepared to adapt your career plan

Having a plan is great for keeping you focused, but life can be unpredictable. And you don’t want to miss out on other opportunities because you’re attached to a specific outcome. In today’s digital world, new jobs are being created all the time – some we haven’t even imagined yet.

Consider taking a double-pronged approach with your career plan:

  1. A deliberate strategy, with a list of your career goals and pathway; and
  2. An emergent strategy, which allows you to modify your plan to accommodate opportunities and experiences that pop up along the way.

Whatever your career goals, developing your career resilience will help you achieve them.
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