Planning Your Own Career Path

by Julie Holmwood

Make Your Career Happen

There is only one person that is not only interested, but 100% committed to your success. That is YOU.
You are the best person to plan your career journey. In fact, you're the only person who can plan your career.

Ask yourself some questions to get your mind focused on what you want and where you are headed;

  • Do you already know what your future plans are?
  • Do you want to get promoted?
  • Do you want more or less responsibility?
  • Do you want to work further or closer to home?
  • Is the salary extremely important to you or is what you are making now or a little more good enough?
  • Does working away from home, maybe with some international travel, excite or repel you?
  • Is a structured training programme and continued learning and development within the workplace important to you?
  • Do you like having a flexible element to your salary in the form of a bonus or commission?
Run through the many elements of your job and see which direction you want your career to take.
It may be that you are able to see your way through to retirement. Or you may know what you want to do for the next ten years. It doesn’t matter which. Although it is good to have direction for the next three years, so that you can move towards something.

If you see your career as a physical journey it starts to make a lot of sense.

When you want to leave London, heading anywhere, in any direction will have achieved your goal.
When you want to move out of London to another major city you can start to narrow down where.
When you know you want to get to Edinburgh you are certain to get there.
You now know how to plan a route. You know how far you need to travel. Even though some parts of your journey might be fast and others slow you know that if you keep moving in the direction of Edinburgh you will indeed get there. The same is true of your career.
When you know you want to leave where you are and that is your motivator then any new job will do.
You might find yourself applying for just about anything and accepting the first firm offer you get.
When you know you want to be head of department then you will be selective in what you apply for. You know what is going to satisfy your plan.
Anything is possible, but most likely, in a large corporate environment, time is a factor in the promotion stakes. It seems that three years is average to stay at one level before being considered for the next step. It might be that you want to set your plan in three year blocks to accomodate this. Now it might be that one step only takes you two and a half and the next one four but you get the picture.
One thing is certain! If you keep on the path towards your goals, you stand 100% more chance of reaching them than the 93% of people who don’t have their goals written down.
Welcome to the focused, go-getting, achieve-the-stars 7%! 
InterviewAuthor of 'Get That Interview' and 'Clickst@rt Your Career' Julie is The Job Seeker's Guide. She works with thousands of clients through her audio and web-based programmes, helping them get 'job search fit' and successfully navigate their way into that new role
Select clients are able to apply to work with Julie one-to-one
Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients recruit exceptionally well-matched people, who were passionate about doing a job well done. Julie is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry

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