“A goal without a plan is just a wish,” as said by Antonie de Saint-Exupery is a great intro into the practice of developing a career plan. Many people wish to have a certain place in their dream career, but few are willing to put in the work to get there while even fewer will actually develop a plan at the same time. In reality, this should be the first step that is taken to reach the pinnacle of whatever career you choose.
Developing a career plan is a process that takes some time but has a massive amount of pay off. In one sitting you can take the time to review your current placement while taking the steps to advance yourself in the future. Following these steps will help you create the plan that will help you get to the next level.
Take an inventory of where you are. Review your educational and experience based qualifications by reviewing your resume to start. Look at your current career track within your employer, or use research if you work within the entertainment industry which plays by different rules. Include your interests, hobbies and anything else that you enjoy doing and could potentially earn income while doing.
Visualize the final goal by pointing out the finish line. Think about your “dream” job; the position you would have if all the stars were aligned. List the responsibilities, salary, benefits and anything else that would be associated with the position. Include relocation to a better city and other aesthetic factors that could be enticing.
Learn what it will take to get there. This is the point where having a mentor or contact in the field is vital. Pick their brain on a number of important topics: how did they get where they are, what do they do daily, what do they like or dislike, what mistakes they made; any questions you can think of at this point. The more you know about what to expect, the better opportunity you have for success.
Write it down. Its been proven that a higher percentage of goals are met when they are in writing as opposed to spoken. Write out your career plan and post it somewhere you can see it daily. You cubicle, refrigerator, above your bed and anywhere else it will catch you eye. Don’t brag about it to friends or coworkers – instead keep your nose to the ground and eyes on the prize in front of you.
Just do it. Nike may have trademarked the phrase but its applicable in more ways than sports. Get to work because the is the only way your career plan will be of value. Make it a point to complete one step towards your goal per day and the next thing you know the little daily wins will lead to large, long term success.
Everyone wants to have career success, but few really know how to get there. Reach out to the R&B Management Group for more in-depth training on developing your career plan and reach the heights that only your mind can conceive.