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Step 5: Review and Adjust Your Plan

21 Feb 2014

The 'Your Career Strategy' blog has been developed for high school students, MTEC students, and those young professionals starting out. The aim is to provide you with a structured approach to developing a career strategy and meeting your career goals.

Step 5 Review and adjust your plan

In this 5 part blog I have taken you through the steps you might wish to take in order for you to develop a career strategy.

A career strategy will give you a structured approach to developing capabilities, tools and resources to reach a defined career goal, and will enable you to navigate your career ‘journey’ successfully.

Let us review the four steps we have taken so far:

Step 1: Know Thy Self

In task one we ask you to identify and write down what you value and what you’re good at. We then asked you to do a self-assessment based on your findings. A career you love will almost always align with your interests, your values, your skills.

Step 2: Consider the Options

It is now time to look at the external factors that may impact or influence your career direction. Here we provided you with advice on understanding the job market, the demand for certain professions, and the training and skills you might need.  

Step 3: Decide on your Goals

Thinking through the information you have developed, it is now time to decide on your career goals. Here we provide you with some exercises to identify your career vision and goals.

Step 4: Develop and implement your career strategy

Now that you know what your specific goals are, the process of developing an action plan will become much easier. We provide a check-list to review when developing and implementing your career strategy.

Step 5: Review and Adjust Your Plan

Career planning is a way of making the best use of your current situation and foreseeable opportunities. View your plan as a guide and allow space for adjustments and changes to your approach. Consider the following:

 

  • Draw on your experiences at work to help you achieve your goals. You may find it helpful to revisit your plan each year.

 

  • Remember, the career strategy you put in place now may not be relevant once you have progressed in your career.

 

  • Revisiting your strategy will help to reinforce and clarify your thinking. It can help you decide if you need to change your career strategy, seek help or advice or put more effort into achieving your goals.

 

Career Journal

 

Consider keeping a journal. Personal career planning record your achievements, the training and development activities you have done. Include any work experience you gain and outline what you learned from the experience:

 

  • Keep any letters or communications that provide feedback about your work. You may want to refer to them when you apply for new positions.

 

  • Reflection and documentation provide help with ongoing career strategy planning. Many people find a loose-leaf ring-binder is ideal as a career planning journal, but choose a system that works for you.

 

  • The journal will help you understand your career development. It will be a useful resource when you apply for new positions.

Always define WHAT you want to do with your life and WHAT you have to offer to the world, in terms of your favorite talents, gifts, skills - not in terms of a job-title.”- ― Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2007: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

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