Figuring Out Your Career Plan

Planning your future doesn’t always have to be such a stifling chore. Everyone should have an inquisitive, spontaneous take on his or her life, yes, but a little planning doesn’t hurt either. You can play it all by ear but what’s the harm in hatching a plan that will allow you to live comfortably and passionately? Unless you intend on never having a job, you, like everyone else, are going to have to rely on some form of income in order to live. Planning out a career path doesn’t make you predictable and boring. It makes you well prepared and smart. Life has enough twists and turns in it, worrying about being stuck in a conventional job should be the lesser of your worries. Most things won’t turn out the way you hope, but planning out a solid career path can actually allow you to have some control over your lifestyle.

So what does it take to make a strong career plan? First you must do a little “soul searching” as they say. Ask yourself important questions that can help you narrow down your choices.

  1. Are you happy with your current lifestyle? Do you want to live the same, or better?
  2. While some people are perfectly content with their way of life, others hope to achieve a better one through higher income, relocation for a job, or simply taking on a profession that calls for more responsibility.

  3. What are your likes and dislikes? What are your favorite things to do?
  4. When people have jobs they absolutely love it’s most likely due to the job centering on a favorite hobby or personal interest. When you get paid doing something you love it can increases your happiness and your drive to succeed in it.

  5. What are you good at? What are your strengths?
  6. Yes, it’s important to find a job you’re passionate about, but what do you excel at? Knowing what your skills and weaknesses can allow you to perfect what you already know how to do, and improve on the things you’re not so good at.

  7. What type of personality do you have?
  8. Be truly honest with yourself. Are you outgoing or introverted? Are you personable? Ambitious? Honest or a people pleaser? These things matter when choosing a career. While some jobs ask that you be extroverted and well liked, others can simply rely on your expert skill.

After getting a good idea of what your ideal job would be, it’s time to do some research! How much does it pay? Would you have to relocate? What kind of degree or certification do you need? Once you have found the answers to these questions ask yourself if it’s of interest to you?

Intuition can play a big part in your long-term career planning. It’s up to you to know if the company you’re working for can give you what you need. If you wish to continually advance into a higher position then you should know if the opportunities exist to do so. Going farther in your career path also means being critical of your performance. Everyone should be open to change, but truthfully they will spend their time making excuses and being stagnant. Advancing your career path entails improving yourself at every turn and taking every chance to showcase your worth.