You can put a plan together using the resources here.
A good plan should help you understand:
where you want to be
where you are today
and what the main gaps are
so you can develop an action plan to close them.
Your career management plan should also take into account your career interests and needs, your knowledge, skills and your work-life-balance needs.
Finally, if you are considering staying with your present employer as you change your career (which is a safe strategy) then you also need to understand if your new direction is something you can pursue within the same company and the best way to go about it.
A good place to start is by asking yourself where you
want to be
...in the future.
Where do you want to be?
This is one question where sometimes you may have difficulty in coming up with an exact answer.
If you are fortunate to know exactly what you want or where you want to be then you have a head start.
Otherwise, conducting a future state analysis by asking yourself
three key questions
will help you start formulating an idea of what you want.
This also forms part of the research phase where you are collecting a lot of data about your new area of interest.
If you are considering a career change then consult career guides or industry guides. Well researched career guides will provide you with a lot of valuable information about your new career and will help you develop a more effective transition plan.
You can also take career interest or inventory tests to get additional information for your career management plan.
Once you have done this it is time to assess your present situation...
Where are you today?
Asking this question will help you do a thorough
current state analysis.
With this analysis you will be able to better understand your situation as it relates to your present job, position or career. It will also enable you to conduct a quick SWOT analysis which will help you develop a more effective career management plan.
Once you have done this you can assess the gap...
What is the gap?
The gap is the difference between the current state and the future state.
Understanding the gap is the key to understanding what you have to do to get the job, position or career that you want.
By completing the
career gap analysis
you will have a better idea of what you need to do to improve your skills, knowledge, competencies, work experience, etc.