What’s your career strategy and plan? Part 3 of 5.

This blog shares some tips about how to create a career strategy and plan.

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Anon.

How do you go about creating a career strategy and plan?

It is a mixture of internal and external exploration and thinking and includes:

- Having a clear S.M.A.R.T. goal
- Creating a timing plan
- Breaking down long term outcomes into small shorter steps
- Having self-awareness; your needs, wants, values, motivations, skills, qualities etc.
- Diarising time to review and update it
- Reviewing published data on skill shortages and job/career trends
- Researching employer needs e.g. changing competencies
- Looking at market, economic and industry changes and trends
- Creating an image board – a pictorial representation of what you want from your career

What tips would you add?

In case you missed them, here are parts 1 and 2.

Part 2 looks at why it makes sense to have a career strategy and plan:

http://energisecareer.brandrepublic.com/2013/04/13/whats-your-career-strategy-part-2-of-5/

Part 1 explores why people don’t have a career strategy and plan:

http://energisecareer.brandrepublic.com/2013/04/07/whats-your-career-strategy-and-plan-part-1-of-5/

Part 4 of 5 will look at the opportunity cost of not having a career strategy and plan.

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