Winning career plan

Build you career plan step-by-step

There are times in your career when you will feel that you are at a crossroads. Are you actively looking for your next step or are you waiting for the next opportunity to come to you? Whether you need to make a change in your career by choice or because you are forced - you need a plan. 

It's vital to create your plan and to work on it daily. You may not reach your goal as quickly as you'd like, but you will get there if you keep working at it.

So, how do you create a winning career plan?

1. Describe what you want

You can't get what you want until you can describe what it is. First of all, create a detailed description of what is important to you in your career. What do you see yourself doing if there was nothing to stop you? Brainstorm ideas. This may not be a quick process, and it may be frustrating at times, but it will give you a strong foundation to build on.

2. Explore your options

What did you learn from step 1? Did you discover that you described something you have been thinking about for a long time, but are uncertain where to start? Did you come up with a few possible career choices, but are unsure which one to choose? Did you generate a few ideas, but came up with nothing concrete?
Now take your ideas and turn them into real career choices. Begin with research. Get on the Internet and do as much research as you can. Start talking to people who are doing what you would like to do. Ask them how they got to where they are, and what you can do to follow in their footsteps. Use contacts you already have or find a way to make contact with people you don't know personally yet. Go for it. What have you got to lose?

3. Create your plan

Once you've described what you want, and the exploratory process is complete, it's time to really home in on your goal:

  • What do you want? A new job, a change career, to make more money, or improve your attitude to your current job
  • When will your goal be achieved? 3 months from now, 6 months, longer? Try to be specific
  • How will you get there? Take what you learned from the exploratory process and put the necessary steps into your calendar.

4. Implement your plan
This step is all about keeping the momentum going no matter what. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals. Strive to meet them. Persistence and keeping the momentum going is what will help you reach your goal.
5. Reach Your Goal
This is where you get to applaud yourself for all your hard work and effort. You can be proud of what you've accomplished. Give yourself a pat on the back. You were uncertain, but went after what you wanted anyway. Not only was this process character building, it also brought you what you want.