How to Use a Career Plan
People you know use career plans to get ahead. Think about famous people. What about business owners or community leaders in your area? They did not get a good job by accident.
How did these people gain career or financial success? They likely thought about what they wanted their lives or work to be like in the future. Then they wrote down those goals and the actions needed to make them happen. Those goals and actions are called a career plan.
Here are ways to help you set goals and stick to them.
|Step 1: Make a career plan||
Think about your long–term career goals. Next, think of the tasks you can do in the near future to get your long-term goals done.
|Step 2: Follow your career plan||
You've written down your career plan. Now follow your plan.
|Step 3: Review and update your career plan||
You may run into roadblocks or want to change your mind. Don't be discouraged!
When you achieve one or more of your career goals, reward yourself. Tell other people what you accomplished and how you did it.
After a little while think of new goals for the next phase of your career.
Remember: planning your career will last for your whole life. You will make new goals several times.
Use the Career Plan Worksheet (pdf) to track your long-term and short-term goals.