Why Should You Have a Career Plan?

Are you doing well in your career and would like to join the senior ranks of your organisation? Or are you ready to start up your own business but something always gets in the way? Perhaps you know that you should be in line for a promotion but it seems to take a long time coming. You know the career and position you ultimately want but can’t envisage how you will achieve it?

Did you know that nearly 50% of women don’t plan their career goals as compared to 33% of men (according to Penny Valk, CEO of Cedar)? Ruth Malloy says, ‘…… women are less deliberate than men in their career progressions, thinking, “I will learn, grow, and build my capabilities,” rather than, “I will create opportunities to learn X and gain experience in Y to get to position Z.”

Most people spend more time planning their holidays than they do their careers. In the old paradigm of jobs for life, opportunities provided by the employer determined the direction and pace of people’s careers. However, in the new paradigm you are responsible for your own career development and often training too. To find out how you can succeed, take a look at the following report “Calling Women over 40! Why You Are Stuck In Your Career And What you Can Do About It” by Claudia Crawley & Ghazala Faizi.

For many women, just showing up for work means finding a critical balance between domestic responsibilities for children, elderly parents or household chores and the world of work. However, as a woman over 40, you may find that at last you have the freedom to have the career you have always wanted. So how do you go about it? Having a structured career plan with actionable steps will help you climb the ladder or labyrinth you wish to navigate.

Why is a career plan necessary?

If you have no vision or goal for your future career, how can you achieve it? Two years down the road, you may be asking yourself why you are still in the same position. A career plan is an action plan with clearly identifiable steps you need to follow to meet your aims. Regular reviews allow you to take stock of how close you are to achieving your goals and any corrective action you may need to take.

Anne was struggling with the next step to take in her career.  She felt she was coasting in her job and wanted more but was lacking in confidence. She couldn’t see the wood for the trees and was confused at being passed over.  She had a great deal of experience that was taken for granted by her employer but she didn’t know how to progress further. Anne set her goal to join the ranks of senior management in her company and worked out a roadmap. 6 months later I found out that she had got there!

While planning your career may seem a daunting and difficult task, you don’t need to do it alone. Claudia Crawley and I are running a two day immersive workshop in September for women like you, over 40, ambitious and determined to do the high level work you know you are eminently capable of.

Find out more, click here.

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