Career direction

Plan your career direction

Having a clear career direction is critical. You cannot be strategic about your career choices without it.  And, it's difficult to evaluate a potential new opportunity without a clear sense of how that opportunity will fit into your long-term career plan.  With a clear career direction, you can focus your efforts on opportunities that are most likely to help you achieve your career goals.

Step back and take the time to think about the following:

  • What kind of environment do you love to be in?
  • What kind of people do you love to be around and have around you?
  • What cause excites you and gets you fired up?
  • What interests you, what catches your eye in the news?
  • What did you dislike about your last job?
  • Are there jobs that you have come across in the past that made you think, ‘that would be fun’?
  • What kind of books do you buy; is there a common theme?
  • What are you really good at?
  • What matters to you?
  • If money wasn't an issue, how would you live your life?
  • Do you  have a big dream, what is it?
  • If you had to guess your big dream, or even make it up, what would you guess or make up?
  • If you knew that you were guaranteed success and couldn't fail, what would you choose as your big dream?

To increase your chances in achieving your career goals, your action plan should be:

  • Motivating: it should reflect your aspirations

  • Realistic and achievable: once you have chosen your priority goal, consider how realistic and achievable that goal is
  • Focused and structured: for this you need to be very clear on what you want, how you are going to achieve it and how will put your message across effectively

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