Managing your career

From time-to-time, it's important to re-evaluate where you are and where you want to go in your career. Putting together a career plan is a great way to formalise your aspirations, and work out what you need to do to take the next step in your career. To develop a career plan you need to consider:

Where you are
Start by updating your CV with new responsibilities and achievements and then use this as a starting point to think about how satisfied you are with your current job. Are there new skills you want to learn? Do you want to build on your list of accomplishments?

Where you want to be
Think about what motivates you? What do you like to do? What experiences do you enjoy? What's going to happen in your industry? What skills/knowledge will be needed? How can your skills transfer to other industries? What type of company do you want to work for?

How you're going to get there
Think about the short and long term goals that help you achieve your aspirations. Short term goals, such as organising your working day more effectively, should move you closer to achieving your long term goals. Next, write down the steps you need to achieve them with a timeline and deadline.

Once you've put your career plan together, it's worthwhile going back to it every few months to check that you're on track, and heading towards meeting your long term career goals.