Where do you see yourself in 5 years? – Career Development plan
The question of whether to develop a career development plan is one that many people ask when looking for a job or developing a career path. Three years ago, when I was unexpectedly thrown into the job market, I read many career books advising me to develop a career development plan. I resisted, as I believed I did not need one. I believed that I knew what I wanted to do and how to get there and did not need to develop a plan.
Last year, I finally decided to write a plan. I came up with a plan for the following year, typed it up with goals, and saved it on my computer. I did this, as my mentor, told me that if I do not write it down, it is not real. The problem with my approach is that I never looked at my plan after writing and saving it on my computer.
This past week, I met with my career coach (yes, even a career coach can benefit from another career coach). We decided that a better approach would be for me to not only type of my goals for the year, but to type another weekly plan and a monthly plan with places to check off if I am meeting my goals, and then to post these plans in places that I would see them every day. I am a visual person, and the visual reminder of these plans will remind me to stay on track. I will even use the wonderful rectangle device we all carry with us, my Smartphone, and post a copy of my plan on my Samsung phone.
My question is not where I see myself in 5 years, but where I see myself next year, and what steps that I need to take to get there.
Please share with me your experience on creating and using career development plans.