This is it – your personal career plan. You’ve explored your interests, values, culture, personality, strengths and needs; you’ve identified a range of different jobs you could do; you’ve researched into these options, and decided on the best job for you. And you’ve chosen the best path for getting that job.
Now is the time to take that first step. Do it now – don’t put it off. Get planning!…..
Think about all the things you need to do to get started. Write it all down (it can help motivate you) and try to put it in some sort of order (if you can set yourself some real deadlines, even better!).
Here’s an example from the person (in the previous article) who wanted to become a secondary school teacher. He decided his best option was to apply for an undergraduate degree course, but he wouldn’t be able to get a place on the course until the following September:
- Choose a subject for my degree (e.g. Maths or History).
- Research into universities that offer a degree in this subject with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), that I can do whilst working part-time (to fund my studies). Find out about entry requirements, fees, etc.
- Decide on the university I want to apply for, how to apply, and when to submit my application.
- Continue working full time in my office administrator job but start looking for options to work part-time next year – this may involve moving to a different company or a different type of role.
- Look into gaining some volunteering experience over the next year working with young people (e.g. helping out on a summer holiday scheme), to help my degree application.
When you’ve created your personal career plan, keep it somewhere safe and use it to help you stay focused. We all experience ‘bumps in the road’ on our career journeys, but if we have our end goal in mind, we are more likely to get back on track.