A Career Plan, which is sometimes called Individualised (or Individual) Career Plan or an Individualised (or Individual) Career Development Plan is used to help you reference your personal information and career goals.  They help you shape your CV and LinkedIn profile and help you identify goals and the barriers to overcome in reaching their goals.

Career plans are highly useful in helping you navigate the job market when it is in a state of flux.  They also force you to think about your career goals in a practical sense providing clear actionable information to help you progress.

Most career coaches and counsellors will form a career plan with their clients.  So what information should be entered?

Employment History and Education

Using a system of listing most recent position first, write down your employment history.  Ensure you include the company name, dates, and job title.  You may want to add a few notes about your responsibilities.

Do the same for your education.  Ensure you include the schools you attended, dates, credits, certificates, and degrees attained.  Make sure you list additional training and professional licenses you may hold.

One that is often missed is volunteering and unpaid experience.  Many executives have found that the experience they can put forward for job applications is contained in this part of their CV.

Career Options

Noting your career options will give your plan purpose and direction.  This will show you what is within your reach and will help with the next section, short and long-term goals.  After a coffee and a good hard think, you will be surprised at how many options you actually have.

Short and Long-Term Goals

This part of the plan deals with your educational and occupational goals.  These are often linked but if you’re a seasoned executive you may no longer need to ascertain qualifications.   Ideally, your short-term goals will lead to achieving your long-term goals.

Clearly, there is a need to think strategically.  So if you want to become a CFO in five years, you should list the significant steps needed to become one.  These form your short-term goals.  Once identified, you can focus on the short-term goals that will contribute to your eventual rise to CFO.

Barriers / Solutions

In this section, you list what obstacles will stop you completing your short-term goals and by extension your long-term ones.  List all the ones you can think of and ways to work around them.

So, for example, you may have identified a lack of advancement opportunities in your current position.  As such, one solution is to work for a different more progressive company, while another is to show your existing CEO that you are ideally suited to taking on more responsibility to ascertain the desired position.

Your Career Your Responsibility

Given that your career is your responsibility your career plan will provide actionable steps to getting to where you want to be.  There are few shortcuts to career success and as such, a methodical approach is needed.

As you progress you will refer to your career plan more and more and you will come to rely on it as being an invaluable reference tool.

Fast Track your Success

To put your career plan in order and to discuss your short and long-term goals click here and schedule a free consultation.  We can help you bring your plan alive and help you work towards your career goals faster.

Further Reading

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Author: Beata Staszkow

Beata is an established and experienced career coach. She has helped hundreds of executives find rewarding careers, and hundreds of businesses acquire new clients on LinkedIn. If you’re career or business is stagnating, Beata can revive it and take it to new heights. Schedule your consultation today.

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