Jan 16, 2013
Developing a career plan is the way you can focus in on the things you want to accomplish, and then follow a path leading to those accomplishments. A career plan is made up a of a series of career goals. Once you have your goals, you can then develop the path you will choose to achieve those goals. It is important to understand the basic career goals involved in developing a career plan.
In order to set yourself on the correct career path, you need to determine the educational goals that will help you get started. Your initial education lays the foundation for your career, and then you develop ongoing educational goals to make sure you can achieve each level of your career. Speak to a career counselor to find out what sort of educational goals you need to set to make your career successful.
Each career field has a geographic location that is preferable to people that want to become successful. For example, Silicon Valley in California is where those pursuing a career in technology will find companies and resources that can advance their careers. By researching the information in industry magazines and speaking to people who work in your chosen field, you can determine the best places for you to live to advance your career.
In order to make the income that you feel you deserve, you first must have an understanding what are considered realistic salary goals for your field. Tools such as the Salary Wizard on Salary.com and others like it will help you compare salaries at the various stages of your career development. Update your salary goals at least once every two years to make sure you are keeping up with the changes in your industry.
Your career goals need to include a profile of the types of companies you want to work for at each stage of your career. If your ultimate goal is to land a job with an industry leader, then create employment goals that will help you gain the kind of experience that industry leaders look for.
If you would prefer to build a company into an industry leader, or start your own company eventually, then make sure you include employment requirements that will give you experience in starting a company or growing one into an top-tier organization.
By Arnold Anderson