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.
- 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?