A successful career is built over a period of time. You do not just wake up one day and find yourself successful in your career. Building a successful career involves some steps:
- Self Assessment
Every career success in life comes with self-assessment. You need to assess yourself in order to know what you want in life. Know yourself. Take time out to know what makes you happy. Take time out to do a survey of what you like and what you don’t like. Know your ability. Know your limitations. Be true to yourself. What can you do? Your career in life depends on what you can do and the skills you have
Get to know the do’s and don’ts of the career you intend to pursue. Research involves learning from people who have gone ahead of you successfully. People makes career, career don’t make people. Ask questions. Learn. Know what those who are successfully engaged in the types of work you desire know and do that keeps them successful and satisfied.
- Decision Making
Stop. Sit down. Think. Make the critical decisions that will lead to your success. Determine where you are in your career and where you want to go. Can you stay on the path you are on or do you need to transition to another path? You need to make these decisions for yourself. No one can make career decisions for you.
- Goal Setting
One major component of career planning is setting short-term (in the coming year) and long-term (beyond a year) career and job goals. Can you be successful in your career without setting goals? Of course. Can you be even more successful through goal-setting? Most research says yes.
- Learning and Developing
Take the time to consider what types of learning experiences will help you achieve your career goals. Pinpoint those that will enhance your current job performance or prepare you for future roles.
One of the really fun outcomes of career planning is picturing yourself in the future. Where will you be in a year? In five years? Envision various career paths, and develop scenarios for seeing one or more of these visions become reality.