We’re more than halfway into February, but the year’s still pretty new, so I hope you’re all still sticking to your 2016 resolutions!
When we talked about resolutions not too long ago, a lot of you shared that 2016 was going to be the year you totally ROCKED your careers! But in order to do that, you gotta have a solid plan, right? Yep, absolutely!
So today, my friend Andy’s chiming in on this topic, and he’s sharing 5 tips for effective career planning. Enjoy!
Contrary to popular belief, career planning isn’t something that you forget about once you leave college. Today, especially when people are changing their careers multiple times, career planning has become extremely important, and it should be seen as an ongoing process where you’re constantly considering things like your interests, values, skills, likes and dislikes. You really have to know yourself inside out before making decisions about your career, so here are a few tips that’ll help make your career planning as effective as possible.
Focus on Career Plans Least Annually.
Make it a point to focus on your career plans every twelve months. Just like we visit the doctor annually, career planning should be undertaken on at least a yearly basis. Pick a day once a year, and block out all distractions so you can really focus. Make it a point to ask yourself important questions like, “Are you happy in your present career?”, “Where do you want to see yourself in the next 5 years?” etc. etc. etc.
Figure Out What You Like and Don’t Like.
Think about your likes and dislikes since it’s inevitable that some of them will change over time. If you’re a little confused, consult a career counselor. Jot down your likes and dislikes and if your current job is full of dislikes, you know what you ought to do.
Have Clear Goals.
Having clear goals is important for career planning. Say you have a startup and you plan to expand in the next five years. If that’s the case, work on it step by step, and reward yourself when you achieve any part of that goal.
Explore Other Career Options.
Broaden your horizons and explore other career options whether or not they’re related to your field.Maybe you’re a physics major with a healthy interest in theatre. Rather than giving up on your interests,reach out to someone who’s experienced enough in the field you want to pursue. Discuss ideas with them, and get to know about their professional journey so youknow what mistakes to avoid and which advice you should follow.
Network, Network, Network.
Networking is vital for any career, so communicate with everyone you can. You never know when a particular conact might come in handy. Go to events where you can network with employers/employees and potential business partners, attend business conferences, and make sure you’ve got a LinkedIn profile setup where you can build professional contacts.
Any other advice? How do you make your own career planning effective?
Andy Bell is an everyday learner and editor, working at Tutoring help. He is passionate about helping online learning businesses achieve their goals. He loves tutoring,& while his favorite subjects are math and English, he has also taken honors classes in science and history. Outside the classroom, he enjoys tennis and is an active member of the Rancho Crandon Park.
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