Find the Best Career Success Planner In You
It's true - you are your best first career success planner. No one can plan your career success for you unless you have some basic answers yourself already.
I am not saying you should be certain about what you want but an inkling would be a great start. Most career newbies do not know what they want. That’s fine. Wanting to be a success is a good start.
Now you just have to back track your steps a little and ask the right questions that will guide you to the answers you need. Remember, you are your best career success planner.
I am a big believer that we all have the answers within ourselves if we only we ask enough. Of course, that is not to say I deny divine help or otherwise. And that’s not to say I do nothing on my own either. I believe that one does what one can until one’s destiny is revealed.
When giving advice to interns in our company on career success planning, I like to adopt a common planning cycle model. As a career success planner, you should ask yourself these 4 questions. These questions may seem simple or trivial but are thought provoking if you give it the seriousness it deserves.
1. Where Am I? Why Am I Here?
I once counseled an intern who seemed lost. He had a diploma in engineering and worked in the field for a while. He realized is was not what he enjoyed and went back to school to do communications. This time around he seemed uncertain about his future. The reason why I said he ‘seemed lost’ is because he actually wasn’t. All he needed to do was to refocus on his objective. He needed to answer - Why is he in this particular situation?
By answering these questions, you take stock of the situation. You give yourself a diagnosis of the situation and condition you are in before you can prescribe a solution for yourself. Sometimes, it even forces you to refocus on your original objective, which you may have forgotten as in the case of the intern.
2. Where Can I Be?
In the case you cannot, make some assumptions and do an experiment with the rest of the planning stage. I find that sometimes playing around with thoughts can help crystallize what you want faster.
3. How Can I Get There?
At this stage, you need to prepare the skills and knowledge. Think about the training that you need both formal and informal. What about your attitude? For example, do you have a success mind set? Do you have positive attitude towards work? Consider your strengths and weaknesses. Are there any weaknesses you need to strengthen? What are some of the opportunities to excel along the way?
4. Am I Getting There?
Force yourself to ask these simple yet deep questions and you will end up as your own best career success planner.
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