Career planning and re-evaluation is a process of setting yourself professional goals and expectations then exploring ways these can be achieved. By being truthful and asking yourself questions, this will help break down your goals to manageable steps on how to reach them.
Questions to ask yourself when evaluating your career plan
- Think about where you are now; in comparison to where you would like to be. Is there scope in the near future to reach your goal?
- Where were you in your career 6 months, to a year ago? Does your growth since that period align with your career plan?
- What aspects of your job do you enjoy / is there any part of your role you dread?
- What are your hobbies and interests? Do you have time to pursue them outside of your working day?
- Have you achieved any of your past career goals? If not, why is this?
- Do your goals align with your current employer?
- What additional skills would you require to be closer to reaching your career plan? Could you work on these skills whilst in your current role?
- Would it be worth taking a course to learn a new software or skill?
Think carefully about what’s currently working for you, and what’s not.
Things to consider
- Are you being held back from furthering your knowledge to help reach your goals?
- Is there any way to work your way up within the company to reach your goals?
- Is what you’re currently doing aligned with your goals?
Setting your direction
- By asking yourself the above questions, you will have some idea about what your next steps should be.
- Based on your key interests, attributes and experience you should be able to start looking at what’s decisions are best for you.
- By being able to set your direction, you should be able to steer your career into an industry better suited to what you’re looking for.
- Commit a time-frame, when you have figured out what direction you would like to go and how you intend to get there
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