You need a career management plan at every stage of your career
Regardless of where you are in your career, you need a career management plan. Think about it: Whether you’re just entering the workforce, considering your options mid-career, or gearing up for retirement, there’s no one set path. Your career journey is what you make of it and there are so many directions you could go.
Generally, there are four ways you can move in your career:
- Up: This is where you gradually assume greater responsibility in your particular area of expertise. This usually involves eventually moving up the management chain.
- Down: This is not necessarily a bad thing! It can mean either relinquishing some level of management responsibility and returning to work in your particular area of expertise, or assuming a lower-level role in a completely new area.
- Laterally: This move is all about change since you’ll be using your current knowledge, skills and experience in a new area. People sometimes do this to broaden their knowledge, skills and experience as a way to prepare them for a leadership and/or executive role, or sometimes simply to introduce variety to their career or explore other related career avenues.
- Circuitously: Sometimes career movements aren’t always straightforward. In this case, it’s a combination of upward, downward and lateral moves.
However you want to move, careful planning and preparation can help you prepare for, and achieve, your career goals.
Career management is your responsibility
Traditionally, many thought it was their manager's or their organization's responsibility to manage their careers. But in today's workplace, every employee needs to take charge of their own career development and/or progression, ideally with support from their employer.
It's time to get started! This process and template will help you prepare a comprehensive career management plan to help you achieve your next career goal.