How is it that drafting a career development plan became part of the "Wish I Didn't Have To Do" list? Is it because in many large organizations the task is lumped in with (often onerous) annual performance reviews? It's too bad they've become an unpleasant chore for so many workers, because they're actually a very useful tool for focusing in on and honing the skills you need to acquire to advance your career.
3 steps for creating a career development planCreating an actionable career development plan can be broken down into 3 distinct steps:
- Step 1: Define your career goals
- Step 2: Identify your strengths and areas for improvement
- Step 3: Map development goals to specific, measurable activities
You don't need to wait for your annual performance review cycle to get started (although having your most recent review on hand can be helpful). You only need to have the motivation to start working on developing yourself and advancing your career.