What actions should be in your career plan?

Actions in your career plan will help you bridge the gap
from where you are now to where you want to be

There's a lot that happens before you write an action plan for your career. 

Firstly you need to identify and set your goals - which has been the topic of earlier blogs such as "5 Fast Tips..setting goals for your career plan". 

Once you have done that - identified what you want, where you are now and the difference between the two - you can develop a plan to get to where you want to be. 

Not surprisingly, the process of working out where you are now and where you want to be and what it requires - is known as a Gap Analysis.

This analysis can provide you with clear guidelines for the development of your action plan. 

Every "gap" provides an opportunity for you to bridge it. 

To make up the difference between where you are now in your knowledge, skills and experience and where you want/need to be. 

Every gap you identify can be addressed with an action, a task - there will be something that you need to learn, practise or do.

A plan of actions for your career will give you a list of what you to need to do and when you need to do them.  

To be useful your action plan should include:

·         specific actions – what you will do

·         time frames – when you will do them

·         measures – how you will know that you’re on track.

Your specific actions could include tasks that will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to learn. 

For example,  you might identify a skill you want to learn or improve. Start by researching how you can learn this, where training is provided or who you know that can can help you. Set a time frame for the action and a measure of success such as completed the action or found out particular information by a certain date.

Your 'gap' could be to let people know the contribution you are making or the good work you are doing. 

In this case you could; list and quantify your accomplishments, then evaluate who you would like to know about them and how you could communicate these to them in a professional in a 'what's in it for them' way. Decide on your time frame and set yourself targets to complete your actions. (If this action is on your list you might be interested in this earlier blog -  'Self-Promotion: It's not about you')

Other actions for career plans can include making contacts with or expanding your network, obtaining a mentor and appointing a board of advisers. 

Measures may include the number of people you will contact within a specific time frame, the completion of a course or the achievement of a business objective. The key is that once you set these measures, you need to go back and review your progress against them. 

When you write them down you have a specific, measurable and implementable career action plan.

How you document your plan can be as complex or as simple as you want. 

It should be recorded in a way that you find easy to manage. A spreadsheet, a Word document, an app on your Smart Phone or a notebook in the bottom of your handbag - whatever works for you. (To make it more interesting than your usual work projects, perhaps you could use a slightly more glamorous notebook?)
The Career Chick Hot Tip: Set actions, time frames and measures to address gaps in your skills, knowledge and experience.

What actions are in your career plan?

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- Karen

1 comment:

  1. Interesting blog (entry). Also to consider in this plan, in the "What will you do step" is to avoid "Wrong steps." Some career steps will jeopardize the overall career path.