know that people who set specific goals for themselves often achieve them? It's
true. The simple process of defining what it is that you want and deciding what
steps will take you there gives you a path to follow, and once your mind has decided on a
specific objective, it will work overtime uncovering the opportunities to take you there.
Without a career plan, you are simply
moving from job to job. A career plan will help you build your skills and experience
so each job builds on the one before it and you will continually be moving into jobs that
are more aligned with where you want to be. A career plan
helps give focus and can help make any job more rewarding. Even if your current
position isn't your final destination, knowing that your work today is paving the way for
the job of your dreams can be very rewarding.
The first step in creating your career roadmap is deciding
on the destination. This is the most important part in the process, so make sure you
give it your full attention.
1. Take a little time to daydream.
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
What jobs do you think are the most fun? Get a notebook and jot down any thoughts
and ideas that come to mind. Forget about money, education and experience for now.
Just concentrate on uncovering ideas for jobs that you would find interesting and exciting
if nothing could stand in your way.
2. What do you like to do?
Think about the things you do for fun. What are your
hobbies and interests? What kind of books do you like to read? What kind of movies do you
like? Jot these down and give some thought to what it is you like about these activities.
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