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Career Development Planning - 3 Reasons Why You Should Do It!

 Career development planning is an essential part of your success as a manager and as an individual. You may be very good at what you do, but as Jonny Carson said “Talent alone won’t make you a success”. Successful careers do not just happen. They are the outcome of hard work, perseverance and above all good planning.

Starting to plan your career means you are taking charge of it. You know where you are and what do you want to accomplish. The plan in itself helps you set concrete goals with action steps and timelines. This way you are not just daydreaming about your future, you are mapping out the road towards it. Your goals will define how a successful career looks like to you and what do you need to do to make it happen.

What are the benefits of career development planning?


1. A plan makes you realize your self-worth. It is not how your employers measure you, it is how you measure yourself and the qualities you have that make you special, unique and indispensable. The plan is a special tool that asks you to assess yourself and identify your skills, talents together with ways on how to utilize them to enhance your career. Many people remain in their current positions because of the way they measure their self-worth. They believe they are as good as the jobs they have. That is the biggest mistake that holds people back from advancing and developing themselves.  

2. A career plan keeps you focused and directs you towards achievements. It is easy to be trapped into the routine of the daily tasks without looking at the big picture. A plan facilitates a vision for your future career and this way you will be able to place your energy into performing those tasks that take you closer to the desired future.  

3. A Plan creates fulfillment. By developing goals and timelines you will be able to track your achievements and to feel good about reaching each milestone. The sense of accomplishment is a huge energy booster to keep you going and it is a very powerful tool to motivate and keep you on top of your game

Quick Career Planning Hints!

Do an objective self-assessment by identifying not only gaps and challenges but also special talents, unique skills, hobbies etc.

Be prepared to change your career! If your current position does not require your talents, your passion and your uniqueness, consider changing it.

Visualize your future! Close your eyes and picture yourself doing what you do best and what gives you the most satisfaction.

Identify a planning template and work with it. It structures the process and it makes it easier to monitor progress.

Once you have the plan, commit to it.

Commit to self-directed learning and development. Nowadays, you need to upgrade and enhance your skills on regular basis.

Assess the business sector you are in and look for gaps. Build specific and unique skills around those gaps.

Maintain a positive attitude. 

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