A guide on personal career plan


There are several things to consider when creating your career plan:

A person using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table

-Your career goals: What do you want to achieve in your career?

-Your skills and experience: What skills and experience do you have that can help you reach your goals?

-The steps you will take to achieve your goals: What steps will you take to reach your goals?

-Your timeline: When do you want to achieve your goals?

To create a personal career plan, follow these steps:

Text, whiteboard

1. Start with a brainstorming session. Set aside some time to sit down and think about what you want from your career. Write down all of the things that are important to you in a career.

2. Review your list and identify any themes or commonalities between your goals. What do all of these goals have in common?

3. Now take your list and review the items that have a “+” next to them. These are things that you can actively work towards achieving, as opposed to goals that may be out of your control. For example, if one of your goals is to become a CEO but you haven’t yet been promoted to a management position, you will not be able to achieve the goal of becoming a CEO without first achieving the goal of being a manager.

4. For each “+” item that you identified, write down what steps you will take to reach your goal and when you plan to take those steps. For example, if one of your + items is that you want to be a manager by December 2017, write down the steps you plan to take and in what order.

5. Review each item on your list with a “-” next to it. This is an item for which you cannot currently take any action towards achieving the goal but may be possible in the future. For example, if one of your goals is to have a promotion with ABC Corporation by 2020, but you currently work for XYZ Corporation and it’s unlikely that ABC will hire you within the next four years, write down why this goal is not achievable at present. But keep in mind that it may be possible after 2020 if you change jobs.

6. Review each item on your list with a “N/A” next to it. This is an item that may be something you want or something you will have in the future, but it doesn’t currently fall within the scope of our plan because it’s too broad or uncertain. For example, you may have a goal that reads “Be the best at my job.” That’s not something you can work towards now because it’s too broad and vague, but perhaps in the future, you will be able to break this down into achievable goals.

7. Review each item on your list with a “N/A” next to it. This is an item that may be something you want or something you will have in the future, but it doesn’t currently fall within the scope of our plan because it’s too broad or uncertain. For example, you may have a goal that reads “Become a CEO by 2050.”

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter