|to set goals for your career plan|
Which is why it's so important to dedicate some time and thinking to goal setting.
I think it a bit like standing in front of the store directory in a shopping mall. The most important information starts with looking for the big red circle that shows where you are and those comforting words "YOU ARE HERE".
You're at the map of the stores, you have your bearings as you know where you are, but to make any progress (i.e. start shopping!) you need to know which stores you are looking for - and then you can plot your path to get to where you want to go. (And get the shoes/outfit/whatever you want to buy - or even some unplanned purchases along the way!)
I reckon career planning is basically the same process. You need to know where you are now and where you want to go - and then you can plan what you need to do to get there.
It all starts with knowing where you are now...
Here's this weeks "5 Fast Tips" for setting your career goals.
1. Where you are now - ask yourself: What skills do you have? What level of industry or subject area knowledge? What experience have you gained?
2. What you are good at - write a list of the things that you receive positive feedback about and the tasks that you know in your heart you are good at. You don't have to be modest - it's your list - you're not going to post it out the front of a shopping center!
3. What you like to do - go back to the list of all the things you are good at and cross off the things you really don't like. Just because you are good at something it doesn't mean you always like it. You may not be able to totally abolish what you don't like from a job you do - but again, this is your list and you don't have to make a goal around something you really don't care for.
4. How you like to work - do you like to work with people or on your own? In large or small teams? In a role where you have lots of autonomy or specific direction? This understanding will help when you are making decisions about what you want for your future.
5. How you make decisions - think through how you have made important decisions in the past. How did you decide what subjects to take at school? Or which university course? How did you decide to move house, city or which job to take previously? When you have an understanding of how you have made decision in the past - preferably ones that have worked out well for you - it will give you a framework for how to make decisions about your career goals, now and in the future.
You don't need to be limited by the past or you current skills, but they can help you decide what you want to do.
Find your big red dot on your career map, know where you are now and decide where you want to go. It makes the plan about how to get there so much easier.