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Tips to Build a Long-Term Career Plan

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Feeling frustrated and confined in your job? Not being challenged enough? In this economically unstable climate people are feeling more and more lost in their own jobs; here are some tips on how you can plan your own career future. Here are a few Tips to build a long-term career plan.
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Overcome barriers

When it comes to choosing a job there are many reasons why people go for ones that they don’t enjoy. This is sometimes the result of career barriers which take the form of personal barriers (such as laziness, procrastination and lack of motivation), peer pressure and family pressures (such as expectations to go into a certain career, go into the family business, or to stay in a job for financial stability).

So when you begin your career planning make sure that it includes a way to free yourself from them. When planning don’t place too much pressure on yourself so that it stops you from making real life plans and choices.

Taking stock

First thing you need to do is to clarify your career objectives or goals by identifying what you enjoy and what you are good. Start by keeping a work diary and writing down your successes, failures, core responsibilities and daily activities.

Then ask yourself, what achievements are you proud of? What do you enjoy most about your everyday work? What do you dislike most about your job? To make sure that they are centred on finding a career that you find interesting you should also take stock of your passions.

Ask yourself, in which situations have I felt the most passionate and engaged? Has this occurred during work? If you’re having trouble examining yourself, ask family or friends to tell you about the topics and tasks that you are most enthusiastic about discussing.

The next step

Next you need to focus on how you can turn your plans into reality. First ask yourself specific questions such as, do I want to stay in this field? Which industry am I interested in? What am I doing already that will help me in that field? What am I best at doing, professionally and personally? What am I horrible at? What job uses the skills that I love doing?

After you have a clear idea of your next step and the skills you’ll need to get there, you can start planning out your short and long term goals.

Short-term goals

These don’t necessarily involve a job change. You can focus on how to incorporate and increase the tasks that you enjoy into your everyday work and life. Be sure to make time to see your manager or someone higher up in order to discuss how to develop these particular skills.

Feel that your current job isn’t able to help you? Look at attending a conference, volunteering on weekends, networking with people in your field of interest or taking a part time community college course.

Long-term Goals

This involves taking steps to start out in a new career, which include starting a part time job, going back to university, looking for transfers through recruiters or searching for a new job. Research other jobs by visiting a career centre, looking through job search sites or talking with an experienced friend or colleague.

Building a long term career plan doesn’t have to be difficult, if you know exactly what you want and have the plan to make it happen then you may just get your dream job sooner than you think.

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