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3 Tips for Creating Your Career Plan

August 29th, 2013

Does your career have a clear plan? For many people, the answer is “um, not really”. This isn’t surprising considering a large number of people are unemployed or in between careers as a result of the economy. A good number of these people are realizing that they need a plan to get back on track in a career. Writing an updated career plan can help anyone discover a career that honors their unique strengths, skills, and experience.

How to create a dream career plan in 3 steps.

Use these 3 basic steps to start writing your career plan out, so you can have a guide as you work on a new career and a new life.

1 – Develop your vision.

In order to get on the right track with a career plan, you need a vision of where you are heading in the next year or two. Ask yourself where you picture yourself in 2 years? What kind of work environment do you want to be in, what tasks do you want to be doing, and what people do you want to serve? If you are not sure, take a career assessment to see how your skills and interest align with a career.

This mental picture will help you to focus on what you need to be satisfied in the work you do. You can even go so far as to create a dream career board with actual images of your future work – kept in a place you can see it daily.

2 – Get the training.

Now that you have a better idea of what your ideal career looks like, it’s time to do some research as to what training or credentials you need to get into an assignment. If you are not sure where to start, consider the results of any career assessments you have taken and check those recommendations. Get a copy of the current Occupational Outlook Handbook, readily available at your local library or a workforce development center. The US Department of Labor Statistics also has information online about degrees, earning potential, and training for specific careers.

Take the time to look for the right training and degree programs that best meet your career needs and that of your personal life. You may need to take classes online if you are currently working. Or you may want to go to a certification program to earn your training sooner. Either case, the time is now to get started.

3 – Join the network.

Getting into your dream career is the last leg of the 3-part career plan. This can be accomplished in several ways, but they all involve connecting to a network in your new field. Start out with a professional social networking profile and becoming part of online industry groups to learn about career opportunities. Join a local chapter of professional associations. Get a mentor in your new career so you have the guidance you need to be successful.

Take on some volunteer work or even temporary assignments in the area you will be working in, so you can be in the right place at the right time. Over time, you will be able to experience your new career and the path will be laid out plainly in front of you. One day you will realize you’ve reached your goal.

If you are looking for an opportunity to begin your own dream career, look to the staffing agencies in White Plains NY, and contact the employment experts at Concorde Personnel today.

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