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Creating a Career Plan to Get Where You Want to Be

Knowing where you want to go is only the starting point.  To realize your career dreams you'll need to evaluate where you are now and determine what you need to do to to get to the place you want to be.  Your career plan will serve as a guide that you will refer to often as you move closer toward your goal.

Where do 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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