If you are like most people the act of choosing a career in or after school was a bewildering experience to say the least.

The world has evolved to such an extent that there are numerous new careers to choose from.

This not only complicates the initial process of choosing a career, but makes continued career alignment and development imperative.

The average person’s career will change a few times during his/her career so planning needs to be done multiple times during your career to keep you on track towards your end goal.

The act of planning your career is not a difficult task, but being proactive is key.

Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

Step 1: Figure out where you are

Review your career history to date (if you have one) and review the following:

  • Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants;
  • Examine Your Pastimes and Hobbies;
  • Make Note of Your Past Accomplishments;
  • Look Beyond Your Current Job for Transferable Skills; and
  • Career and Job Trends.

Step 2: Redefine where you want to go

Complete the following activities:

  • Set Career and Job Goals
  • Explore New Education/Training Opportunities
  • Research Further Career/Job Advancement Opportunities
  • What level of responsibility do you want to have?
  • What projects would you like to head?
  • What results do you want to achieve in your department or organisation?
  • What type of company do you want to work for (culture, size, integrity, reputation)?
  • What problems or concerns do you care enough about to focus your entire career on solving?
  • What type of environment do you want to work in?
  • What type of people do you like to work with?
  • What compensation (salary, benefits) do you desire?
  • What type of work/life balance is best for you?