How to use Career Planning to Change Your Career

How to use Career Planning to Change Your Career

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It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change

Are you at a crossroads with your career? Do you feel confused and unsure what to do in the next chapter of your life? Well, it is never too late to carefully examine yourself and come up with a career path.

Career planning should be an ongoing process for you so as to evaluate progress and to be sure you don’t deviate from the path to success. The objective of having a plan is to have a better understanding of yourself, and to analyze your skills, talents and abilities. This way when an opportunity arises, you are able to identify it quickly and grab it.

7 Ways to Use Career Planning to Change Your Career

1. Do a regular self SWOT analysis. This is an analysis of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats so that you will never be caught unawares in case an opportunity arises or uncertainties come your way.

2. Reflect on your past, on areas in which you lost an opportunity and ask yourself, had you known better, would things have turned out differently? Reviewing on your past will better equip you to building a better plan for the future based on past mistakes and achievements.

3. Know yourself. The most popular interview question in any job is “Tell me about yourself”; interviewers want to find out if you know who you are. Make an analysis of your likes and dislikes, and hobbies among other things. This will play a great role in determining whether you are in the right job and aid in planning a happier future.

4. Look past your current job. Sometimes we get so comfortable in our jobs and we feel that it is the best we can get. But when we look further into our skills and strengths, we may find that there is so much more we can offer and be. Skills like writing, analytical, problem solving and others could be applied in a variety of careers.

5. Be informed of advancing career trends. This could be the difference between remaining stuck and getting a better and more fulfilling job. Information on where your career is expected to be in a couple of years could help you to better equip yourself.

6. Set achievable short and long term goals. Know where you need to be 10 years from now and work towards that. Having a goal gives you a stairway to climb on.

7. Further your education, attend workshops and training to remain competitive in your field.

Benefits of career planning

  • Career planning ensures that you are in the right career in light of your interests, likes and dislikes, skills, and strengths.
  • Job satisfaction enhances performance. When you are happy with your job, you are likely to perform better.
  • Career planning will help in career change as it gives direction.
  • It enables you to be better informed and equipped in the field.

In conclusion, career planning is as important as the career itself. Start planning today and better your chances for success.
Share this article on social media like Facebook to help others who are probably stuck in a boring job to find fulfillment and satisfaction. The below link gives more information on career planning.

http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/CareerPlanning/Pages/CareerPlanning-4StepPlanningProcess.aspx

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