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Career planning

People’s careers can be ever-changing and there's no longer such a thing as a ‘job for life’. This means that career planning needs to be a frequent, dynamic process of self-awareness, planning and development.

There are different steps that you should take in order to complete this process:

Start with yourself

  • What is your career experience to date?
  • Think back to achievements that have made you feel proud.
  • Consider what you have been praised for both in your past work life and in your life outside work.
  • Ask what other people think are your talents? You might be surprised.
  • What are your most ambitious thoughts?

Identify trends within the market

  • What is currently happening in the market that you are working in? Are there developing areas on which you could capitalise?
  • Talk to your contacts to understand the current activity within your sector and region.

Plan ahead

  • Think about where you would like to be in five years’ time.
  • Consider what you will need to achieve in order to get to this position.

Equip yourself for the future

  • Given your career ambitions and aspirations, what gaps are there in your skills and experience?
  • What can you actively do to develop yourself to meet your future aspirations?