5 Simple Tips to Create a Career Development Plan


Are you about to create a career development plan? Then, here are a few suggestions that will help you make a good start so you can create your best personal career development plan.


These career development planning tips will enable you to take action rather than just think about it. They are easy to follow and implement.
  1. Commit to a regular schedule
  2. Create time and space for yourself
  3. Use previous plans, discussions and notes as reference
  4. Talk to others who have a track record of successful career change
  5. Listen to your inner self



Commit to a regular schedule

In today's environment when we are all so busy it is easy to fall into the trap of putting things off till tomorrow. Sometimes the tomorrow never comes.

To get started so you can create a career development plan it is best to commit to a regular schedule. This will enable you to set aside some time to think and plan your career. The frequency and length will depend on what stage you are in your plan.

In the early stages of your planning you may set aside time less often. As you get closer to implementation you may increase the frequency. A good starting point may be 1 hour every week.

Try out a schedule and adjust it as you go.

The most important thing is to get started and create time and space for yourself.


Creating time and space for yourself

As you set up your schedule to create a career development plan think about how you can commit yourself 100% to the task.

The time and space you create will depend on what sort of environment stimulates you and your thinking.

Do you prefer a really quiet environment or maybe some noise around you? Are you able to think and reflect better when you have some stimulation such as nice music? Each of us have our own unique preferences. Work out what is best for you and create the environment so you are productive.

Whether you choose your work or your home to do this will depend on you, your work and your home environment. If your company encourages career growth and development then it might be acceptable to set aside some time at work to create a career development plan. Otherwise, it is best done at home.

Once you have created the environment activate your mind by using any previous information as a starting point.


Use previous plans, discussions and notes as reference

When you are ready to create a career development plan for the first time it is possible for you to feel stuck. If this happens activate your brain by referring to any previous or present discussions or thoughts related to your career.

It is not too difficult to pick up the thread from several sources. Some very good sources of inspiration are:

  • Existing or previous career plans
  • Performance reviews and other feedback
  • Journal entries or diary notes related to career discussions you had with others
  • Career path or progression guidelines from your organization
  • Feedback from others who have done this successfully



Talk to others who have a track record of successful career change

This is one of the best things to do so you can get feedback from others who have been successful in what you are about to do.

If you look around yourself you will find some people who have changed jobs, changed careers and have done it quite well.

Sometimes it might be your colleague, your manager or even your subordinate. If they have a successful track record then they have something useful to share. This is even true in large organizations that have a certain culture and way of doing things which these people have mastered. Ask them for tips on how to create a career development plan.

This is one of the best pieces of advice I can share with you. I too did the same.

Go find them. They are there. Ask for advice. They will be of great help to you.


Listen to your inner self

Finally, as you get started make sure you don't rule out that little inner voice.

Yes, I am talking about what is going on inside you. That little nagging feeling or even a gentle nudge that is trying to point you to something.

Depending on your personality this might be either easy or hard to do. But, it is there for all of us. Some of us are aware of it more than others.

Listen to your inner self and see what it is trying to say to you. Follow that and see where it leads to. You may be pleasantly surprised.




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