Do you remember that in one of our articles we were discussing the modern concept of successful people, Lifelong Learning? We mentioned one of the main points for implementing this concept in real life: career planning. Why do you need this?
- It systematizes your path to your main career goal;
- it effectively functions as part of the Lifelong Learning concept in your life;
- it accelerates the process of implementing the plan.
This really works and brings excellent dividends, and now you will learn its main secrets, so keep reading!
It might seem funny, but there are entire companies that believe they can create an exclusive and “very promising” career plan for you. It sounds weird and very reminiscent of a picture that someone else painted for you: is there even a piece of yourself in it? The answer is obvious.
Hence, the #1 rule is that you need to plan your career yourself. And we will now figure out how to do this to achieve results as quickly as possible. Grab a pencil and a piece of paper so you can make visual notes as you read.
Three Stages of Career Planning
Stage 1: Determine the range of your skills and knowledge
Divide your piece of paper into two vertical columns and write “Knowledge” over the first of them. Here you will write about the theoretical knowledge that you are confident in. Write “Skills” over the second, where you will note your practical skills in which you have good experience.
For example, if you know English well, make an appropriate note in the “Knowledge” column, and if you have been involved in translations, put a plus sign in the second column.
If you have any facts which do not fit into this two-column format, simply write them under the table. For example, “I am the master of intuition” or “I have really great discipline.”
Stage 2: Choose your ultimate career goal
Close your eyes and imagine a perfect picture of your future. Where do you see yourself? What salary do you have? What car do you drive and in which country do you relax? Take your time and think about all the details.
Do you like this picture? Now you see your goal. Write it down under the table and underline it twice. Congratulations – this is 50% of success!
Think about whether it is realistic to make a “quantum leap” from where you are now to the future that you have drawn for yourself. Probably not. So next, write a series of development steps (perhaps they will look like job titles) that you will need to pass on the way to the end goal.
Stage 3: Create intermediate goals
Draw another table with two columns, with the same names: “Knowledge” and “Skills”. But now, you’ll list the skills of the person you want to become.
For example, to obtain the desired career growth, you may need to know the English language not at your current A1 level (level of survival), but at least B2 (threshold advanced level). So your first intermediate goal is to find good online courses to upgrade your knowledge or to obtain any other professional skills.
Thus, comparing the notes from stage 1 and stage 3, you will create a list of intermediate goals. And then you can start implementing these plans.
We’d like to mention that there is also a fourth stage. It is very unusual but no less important. It is often mentioned in motivational videos by one of the most influential billionaires in Europe and the world, investor and philanthropist Oscar Hartmann. This stage is visualization. Imagine the state of euphoria you’ll feel when you reach your goal. Visualize the successful people who will surround you. Feel the tart smell of expensive perfumes and high-end whiskey with transparent ice cubes in a wide glass.
In general, set the most ambitious goals, create a detailed career plan, and create a path to your successful future. Keep in mind that the constant improvement of knowledge and skills gives you valuable “fuel” to achieve your goals—this is about Lifelong Learning!