Learn how to take charge of your career by developing a portfolio with a plan!
It’s time to fall in love with the dream career you’ve always wanted!
It’s time to get excited when our alarm clock goes off instead of constantly dreading our Monday-Friday! You were made to do more than just live for the weekends!
Many of you are in one or more of these categories:
- You want to secure a great paying job after graduation
- You’ve already graduated but struggling to find a desirable job in your field
- You have a decent job and want to maximize your capacity
- You’ve been working hard at your job and you’re hoping to get promoted
- You’re content in your 9-5 but you want to start a business venture on the side and don’t know how
- You want to advance in your career industry but not looking to go back to school at the moment
- You’re in a career but you secretly want to switch to a different industry, and you don’t know where to begin
If your current work situation falls into one of those categories, Understand this.
You cannot depend on other people to develop YOUR career.
You cannot depend on your boss to develop your leadership skills.
Now a days, you can’t even depend on a degree to guarantee you a job.
It’s up to you to take charge of your career and learn all you need to climb up the ladder.
IT’S ON YOU.
Taking charge of your career isn’t easy.
It takes you out of your comfort zone.
It requires you to network regardless of your personality.
It requires you to think outside the box.
& It requires you to take risks.
But, if you learn to let fear and entitlement go and put in the work to take charge of your career, you will learn that it can develop you professionally but also personally.
So how do we regain control?
By developing a plan and being prepared.
We must assess where we are, where we want to go and list the steps it’s going to take to get there.
So let’s get right into it!
Steps to Creating a Career Development Plan
Step One. Assess your current state
It’s important to assess where you currently are. Many times, we focus only on what we lack, but often times, we have acquired many skills along the way. This is the time to brag about yourself. What are some things you have accomplished on the job? What makes you a great candidate for a job? What skills do you offer? What are your strengths?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where am I now career-wise?
- What skills have I acquired?
- What are my strengths?
- What matters to me?
- What are my Career Values? What are my Must-Haves in a Job?
Not sure what career values are? Here’s an article that lists examples of career values. Pick out your top five.
Step Two. Assess your future state
If you don’t know where you’re going, then you will never get there. It’s not enough to just wish and dream about getting the corner office. It’s not enough to just dream of being a CEO. What does it take to make that dream a reality?
You also need to do your research! It’s not enough to say that you want to build a beauty empire and not do your research on market trends and the cosmetics industry. You can’t want to be your own CEO and not learn about best business practices.
Take the time to become knowledgeable about what you want to achieve.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do I want to be career-wise?
- What are my Career Interests?
- Do YOUR research!
- What experience is required? What education is required?
Step Three. Set goals & make timeline
We talk about goal setting often with The Rough Draft. Setting goals holds you accountable, and it helps put actions to the dreams you have. Break your goals down into these three categories and create action steps to go along with it.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are my Short-term career goals? (within a year)
- What are my Mid-term career goals? (2-5 years)
- What are my Long-term career goals? (5 years & beyond)
Let’s start working on our futures. Let’s start taking charge of our careers. No more excuses. No more saying you can’t get somewhere in life because you lack something. Write out what you lack and make a plan as to how you are going to fill the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Once you’ve developed your plan, it’s important to always be prepared. No matter where you are in your career, you need to always be prepared to pitch yourself. You never know who is going to be at the Work Dinner or the Christmas Party. You never know who’s going to be in the meeting room when you get there early.
If you ran into the CEO of your company today at the grocery store, and he told you about a new position being offered, would you be ready?
Would you be able to email him/her a copy of your resume on the spot?
If he/she went to look you up on the internet, would your social media be appropriate? Would he/she be able to see your accomplishments on your LinkedIn profile?
If you saw your CEO on the elevator, and he asked you to tell him/her about yourself, what would you say? Would you stumble because you weren’t prepared?
Often times, destiny moments happen in the ordinary day-to-day.
Even with a career development plan, you have to have certain things on hand to ensure you’re ready for the advancement you’re hoping for. Here is a list of things you need readily available:
Career Document Checklist
- Up-to-date Resume
- Elevator Pitch
- Answers to Common Job Interview Questions
- Updated LinkedIn profile (clean social media)
- Portfolio of your work (if applicable)
So, you’ve got some homework to do!
Take this week to develop your plan and portfolio, and we’ll talk back soon.
Love you guys!