When was the last time that happened?
I am going to give you a simple, four step process to use to create your career plan. I suggest you do this at least once a year.
At the end of this post, I will ask you to take a survey about your 2016 career plans.
Reflect Back to the End of 2014
Where were you in your career this time last year?
What skills were your using?
What skills did you want to attain in 2015?
Were you happy at work?
How was your health?
What was the state of your finances? (Make note of salary, bonuses, expenses, mortgage, loan payments, etc.)
Feel free to add additional questions as it relates to your career plan.
Spend some time documenting this. You will want to keep a record of your answers.
Take Stock of Your Current Situation
Answer the same set of questions regarding your current state. Record your answers with the answers from the previous year.
Did you make the progress you expected?
What obstacles arose that changed your course during the year? Did you have a Plan B?
Where Do You Want to Be Next Year?
Answer the same set of questions as they relate to where you want to be in one year.
What do you need to do to attain your goals?
This is your one year career plan.
What behaviors or attitudes do you need to start, modify, or eliminate?
- Personal – Lose weight, exercise, better dental care, etc.
- Professional – Network every Monday evening, participate in online forums, publish a blog, etc.
- Community – Volunteer for a non-profit, attend your child’s PTA meetings more frequently, etc.
- Educational – Take online courses at Lynda.com, read and comment on one blog per week, etc.
Set and document your goals for 2016. Plan on reviewing these—at the very least—every six months.
Put a calendar entry on July 4th to remind yourself to do this review. Just about everyone in the U.S. is on holiday on July 4th. If you do not live in the U.S., please pick another date in late June or early July.
What are Your Greatest Fears?
What could cause you to deviate from your plan?
- The economy
- Your health
- Family issues
- Company down-sizing or reorganization
What is your greatest fear? Is it a valid fear, or just something you made up in your head? A lot of us do that!
If it is valid, what can you do about it? Create a Career Plan B.
If you create a career plan every year, you can easily track your progress. You will see patterns. You will see where you sabotage yourself. You will see where you both under commit and where exceed your goals.
Are you ready to create your career plan?
This survey is now closed. You can read about the results in the post Will This Be the Year You Make a Change? [Survey Results.
You can view all of the survey results by clicking here.Marc Miller
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