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.
- Commit to a regular schedule
- Create time and space for yourself
- Use previous plans, discussions and notes as reference
- Talk to others who have a track record of successful career change
- 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
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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