I work with women from across all professions. Occasionally I will come across someone who has planned out her career but not that often. Most women I talk to say “It just happened. A job came up and I went for it”.
I’m not talking about a very rigid plan here but about having a good sense of where you want to be. It’s a cliché (but clichés get to be clichés for a reason!) but if you don’t know where you’re going it’s hard to plan a route! Even sat nav won’t help! When you do know where you’re headed it makes all those decisions along the way much easier to make.
Plan Your Career
Your job takes up a large part of your life. It makes sense to give it as much attention and time as you do when planning other less significant parts of your life (we can spend longer planning a holiday than we do on planning our working lives).
Take time out to think about where you want to be, what level you aspire to, how you want your work and home life to be. Listen to the free download (on the right) on this site, talk to friends, use a coach, read a book, research the newspaper ads, do what you need to do to take control and plan your route! In particular you need to think early on about children. Motherhood can derail your career so it’s good to take time to think about this before those hormones kick in. (I speak as a mother of two and had my kids before there was the luxury of any choice.)
Of course, there will be hold ups and delays and occasional fast forwards and your plan may get rewritten several times, but that’s the fun of it. As long as you’re going in roughly the right direction you can be sure you’ll get there in the end.
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Posted on November 8th, 2011 by Jane