Why you will not fail to have a great career…
Developing your Career Development plan
For many years, I only say myself doing the same thing. I had a good job, with good benefits, and two children and I found that I used my children as an excuse. I could not go back to college as I needed to spend time with my children. I could not pursue a promotion or another career, as it would take time away from my family. In many ways, I was a perfect example of what Larry Smith described in his TED talk “Why you will fail to have a great career “:
I continued using these excuses until my company gave my the kick in the pants I needed, and forced me to develop a career 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, after a lot of self-assessment, 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.
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.