Number Two – Have a Plan.
Asking the ‘have you got a career plan? question usually results in some raised eyebrows and quiet sighing. It’s amazing how many of us have got where we are by reacting to events rather than taking charge. We can spend more time on choosing a car or an outfit than on planning a career.
A plan is important: if you don’t know where you’re going how will you know when you get there? And if you know where your end destination is you can make choices about what kind of route to take there. And if you have a long term plan you can survive the ups and downs better and make the best decisions for you.
Have I convinced you yet?
Frequently I am consulted for coaching by women who know they don’t like what they’re doing, but don’t know what they want to do instead. It’s a very common dilemma and one I experienced myself. Not knowing what I wanted to do held me in a post I didn’t like for quite a few years. Don’t let fear of change hold you back. This is all about taking control. You, taking control of your career (see tip one)
Try this exercise taken from When Work Isn’t Working to help your thinking and answer each of the questions as honestly as you can:
In your dream job:
How would your working day begin?
How would your working day end?
Would you be travelling?
How would you be travelling?
Would you be home based?
Would you be in an office?
Would you be based outdoors, in contact with nature?
Would you be in a team of other people?
Would you be working totally alone?
Would you be the boss?
Would you be running your own business?
Would you be employing other people?
Would you be managing other people?
Would you have a business partner?
Would you be in a large global company?
Would you be working for a small local business?
Would you be in the public sector?
Would you be in the voluntary/charity field?
Would you have plenty of development opportunities?
What is a development opportunity for you?
What would make you think ‘job well done’ at the end of each day?
Would you be earning more or less than now?
If you love your job, how important are the financial rewards to you?
Close your eyes and allow yourself to dream. Don’t fall into the typical women’s ‘trick’ of not aiming high enough! Set the bar high. There is much more to you than you think.
Now write yourself a career plan. Writing it down helps reinforce intention. You could even go to futureme.org and send yourself 6 monthly reminders. You won’t know it all yet but you can fill in the gaps as you go. Age is no bar to this. I totally changed my life around at age 48 and 10 years on I am still changing and challenging myself!
For some inspiration read the amazing story of Sue Black. You’ll love it, I promise!
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Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Jane