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Career Planning the Right Way

Every successful person plans his future. Plan organizes each day of your life and leads you in the necessary direction. To succeed in your career you need to think where you are and where you want to be. And thinking is a hard and time-consuming process but it will do you good. Follow the tips below to make your own successful career plan.

Think of your goal

You need to have a clear long-term goal of how you want your life to look in the future. To set a goal you'll need to analyze your abilities and preferences. Keeping this goal in mind will affect everything: your hobbies, your interests, what you watch and read and people you are attracted. Your final goal should consist of smaller goals and objectives. For example, your goal is to reach a higher position in corporate life, then the smaller goals will include:
a) appropriate technical and communicative skills
b) profound knowledge in a certain area
c) a network of necessary and helpful contacts
d) a certain vocabulary, dress and demeanor

Effective strategies

To achieve your goals you’ll need to look realistically at it and work out effective strategies. An effective strategy is one that satisfies more than one of your goals. For example, you can take a certain professional training course which will both provide necessary knowledge in your field and help improve communicative skills and form useful connections. To develop an effective strategy can take time but it will do you good and save your efforts.

Action plans

Within each strategy work out an action plan. For example, if one of your strategies for acquiring necessary knowledge in the field and developing interpersonal skills is training, you'll need action steps to support that strategy. These steps can be searching for various institutions that specialize in what you need, deciding which time and classes will fit you best. It's very important to write down your plan because written plans work much better.

Set dates

Look at your career plan and set dates for fulfilling those tasks that are under your control. For example, you can easily set a date by which you should find an institution to get your training. But there can also be some areas which aren't under your control and depend on other people and where you won't be able to set fixed dates.

How much time to spend

To have progress in achieving your goals you should spend enough time on it. According to Kate Wendleton if you are working full-time at a job you should spend 15 hours a week. If it is only a few hours a week you'll see that there is no progress at all. You'll also need to ensure that you are doing the right things during those 15 hours and getting the most from that time.

With the end in mind

According to Stephen R. Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to "begin with the end in mind" is to begin today with the picture of the end of your life as the criterion by which everything else is examined.

Be open and flexible

In real life everything won't go strictly according to your plan that's why try to consider new opportunities as they come across.

Keep up-to-date

We live in a fast-changing world and in order to succeed in your career you should clearly understand where your industry is headed. Keep up with the latest news of your industry through networking, specific publications and journals that will enable you to plan your career in the right direction.