you want to be in five years? On ten? Those questions
get asked all the time in job interviews, and you should know the answers to those
questions for yourself. Once you take the time to plan your career growth you'll feel much
more confident that you will arrive where you want to be.
Begin with the End In Mind
You've given careful consideration to deciding your career goal. Now you'll work backward
from that to determine your career plan. Get a fresh sheet of paper and write the name of
your career goal at the top of the page. Next, jot down all of the things you know
you'll need to get there. Don't worry if you aren't sure about everything you need
or that the list isn't perfect, just put down everything that comes to mind.
For example, if your goal is to eventually be a Chief
Technology Officer for a company, you might have a list that looks something like this:
- Management experience/ IT Management experience
- General business knowledge
- Several years experience in lots of different areas of IT
- Senior Level Positions
- Certifications - MCSE?
- Good knowledge of current industry trends
- Public speaking
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