Career Planning Choices

Career Planning Choices - Define your goals and get on the right track

Planning is an essential part of making wise career choices.

Searching for the perfect employer is difficult, so you have to think ahead. You have to know what you want. You have to GO AFTER what you want.

It is probably easier to identify what you DON'T want in your next employer, but take a moment to look at the job-search process a little differently for a moment. If you want to be more successful than other people, then you have to think differently than other people.

career planning choices,choices in career planning If you have already read, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" then you already have a feel for your desired career path. You also understand that in choosing a career, you are really choosing a way of life in many cases. You realize the importance of planning ahead and setting goals and making good choices.

The next step in the "Career Planning" process is to evaluate your career choice(s) based on your goals, behaviors, personal beliefs and values. The importance of critically evaluating your career philosophy cannot be overstated. Whatever you decide to pursue in life must be in line with your belief system or you will find yourself regularly pulled in opposing directions. It doesn't matter what the job is or how much money you make. That is not a successful life. That is a nightmare.

Career Planning Choices - What are your goals?

When you believe that you have a vision of your ideal job career, then you can focus on where you want to work, or rather, who you want to work for. At this stage, you must make decisions about employers based on how they fit with your career path.

Ask yourself:
  • Does the employer afford advancement opportunities?
  • What is the corporate climate like?
  • How is the organization positioned for future growth?
  • Is the company’s philosophy similar to my own?
  • What kind of reputation does the company have?
These are general questions that will provide you with a starting point for making the kind of decisions that have to be made when evaluating a prospective employer. If you do not take the time to assess these matters ahead of time, you may find yourself working in a position where you are frustrated or unable to excel or both.

Once you have considered the benefits of working for specific employers, you can enter into another arena for further assessment. You may want to look at this before you have an offer on the table – or – you may want to wait until a company has expressed interest in you before considering the following questions.

So, now ask yourself:

  • Am I going to get along well with the people I work with?
  • Do my goals fit well with the goals of my position?
  • Is my supervisor someone that I would want to learn from?
  • Will I be provided with what I need in order to be successful?
  • Are promotions based on merit or corporate politics?
  • Does this position lead me down my chosen career path?
There are so many more questions you can – and should- ask. Make sure you are choosing your next (or first) job for the right reasons. Whoever came up with the line "Money isn't everything" is exactly right. It isn't. Personal satisfaction IS.

With all this thinking going on, there is yet another aspect to consider. It is actually the easiest part of this specific process, too. Think about your ideal position. Think about the perfect employer.

Make a list of what you want

Rank the list from most to least important

Keep you list handy whenever you get job offers. If the position and/or company do not match your most valued desires, then it may not be a good fit for you.

You want to succeed, right? Oh, you don't want to just succeed in getting a great job. You want to succeed in LIFE, yes? Reflect on what it is you are truly after – then GO GET IT!

If you are finished reading "Career Planning Choices", you may also want to read about Career Strengths


Career Planning Choices - Define your goals and get on the right track

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