Career strategy should occur at all stages of your career, no matter what industry you’re in, or the seniority of your role. Your career plan is highly important to your success, so make it reflect your professional aspirations and ambitions.
We will be focusing on these 3 points:

  • Do your research
    Be specific
    Be adaptable

Planning is critical to success in your career. It lays the foundation for action and serves as a guide through even the most surprising and complex professional situations.
If you were going on vacation, you’d plan where to go, how to get around and the budget required for your adventure. If you were building a house, you’d make sure that all the materials were available, that the process was safe. These things take just a fraction of the time that your career does, so why wouldn’t you have a strategy in place for that?
Career strategy is an important, but often overlooked part of professional life. It’s a process that helps map out not just goals, but the steps, skills and even people required to help you get there. Career strategy should occur at all stages of your career, no matter what industry you’re in, or the seniority of your role. Your career plan is highly important to your success, so make it reflect your professional aspirations and ambitions.

Here are some general tips to get your planning started:

Do your research

Study people you admire in your field. Maybe their well-known or they might just sit across the desk from you. Whatever the case, work out how they got where they wanted to be. Ask for advice for writing a career strategy? Seek out as much information as possible and borrow parts of their strategy that suit you most.

Be specific

Big, lofty goals – despite maybe being impressive on paper – are generally the hardest to achieve. Smaller, specific goals allow you to set targets that are achievable, and identify the steps required to achieve them. It also means you’ll be celebrating wins more often, helping propel you through more challenging periods and remind you that you’re on track.

Be adaptable

This is a critical part of your career strategy. While having something clear and structured will steer you in the right direction, following it too the letter may mean you miss opportunities that arise on the way. Be open to making modifications to your strategy as different situations demand. Check in regularly with your colleagues and senior leaders, or hire a coach to keep you on track. Is there more that could be done or change required? Being flexible will keep you on track, as well as always open to new possibilities.

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