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Career planning is not something that you do once and then forget. Considering that research has found that the average worker will change careers – not jobs but careers – five to seven times in their lifetime, career planning is an activity you should do at least once a year. Succeeding in a constantly changing workplace requires a career management plan. Here is how you can take right now to develop a career plan that will get you where you want to be professionally:

Keep an up-to-date curriculum vitae

One of the most important steps in planning for the future of your career is to be ready to pounce when opportunities present themselves. Regardless of your industry or career level, learning how to write a curriculum vitae and keeping it up to date is a terrific annual exercise.

Make career planning a regular event

Find a day or weekend at least once a year and schedule time to truly focus on what you want out of your career. So make sure you review and plan for your career regularly.

Reflect on what you likes and dislikes

Your likes and dislikes change over time, so it’s always a good idea to reflect on what you feel strongly about in your life and career. Make a list of what you like and dislike about your job. Hopefully you still enjoy a lot of your work activities, but if that’s not the case, it might be time to start considering a new job or career.

Keep a record of your achievements

Most of people don’t keep a track record of work achievements; however, this is not only useful for building your curriculum vitae, it’s also useful for career planning. Learning to track and write about your professional accomplishments will serve you well when working toward your next career goal.

Identify your transferable skills

Maybe your job title is Business Analyst but you have a huge amount of project management experience – skills that could be applied to other jobs. Think beyond your current job title by considering your goals and how the skills you have now would be useful in a new role. Make a list of relevant transferable skills to add to your CV.

Set career goals

While you can be successful in your career without setting goals, you can be even more successful with goal setting. What are your short-term (within a year) and long-term (within five to 10 years) career goals? You probably already know about SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound) goals. Always write them down and share the list with someone. This will help you to create a sense of accountability.

By Damilola Faustino

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