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Where do you want to take your career in 2018?

by Heat Recruitment

When you were young you were often asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Now, you may be grown up already (even if you don’t feel it), but this question is just as relevant as ever. Although you might not have fulfilled your childhood dream of becoming a firefighter or an astronaut, you’ve landed yourself a career you’re happy in and want it to stay that way. But that doesn’t mean you should stop asking yourself that question.

You want your career to keep progressing in the right direction so it doesn’t become stagnant. So, it’s important to have a plan for the next steps of your career. How do you want your career to have progressed in the next 5, 10 or even 15 years?

Think long term, act short term

Knowing what position you want to hold in 10 years is a step in the right direction, but it’s not something you can achieve right now. It does, however, give you something to aim and set your sights on to keep yourself motivated at work. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do now to work towards your goal.

Your next step should be to do some research into career progression within your industry to figure out what is required of you in the next 10 years to end up where you want to be. You know your destination, now you need to plan your route. You may already have some knowledge about this and can start planning yourself, or you may have to do some research online or talk to your superiors to get their input. Find out how they ended up where they are today and what they did in the earlier years of their career to help them.

There may be some specific skills you need to develop or training you should complete to help you get to where you want to be. It’s a good idea to talk to your boss about this to see if they will put you on the relevant training courses. Explain to them how it will benefit you and, in turn, the company.

Planning for your future career and developing the necessary skills and knowledge could also be as simple as doing some extra reading and research outside of work or on your lunch break. Keeping up to date with the goings on in the industry and watching TED talks from industry leaders can help to keep you well-informed and inspired to succeed.

Planning your route also involves knowing what roles you need to progress to. This could be a standard progressive route up the ladder within your company, or you may need to make a lateral move at some point in your career to progress to where you want to be. Map out your career progression and figure out what you need to do, and when, to get to each rung of the ladder.

Planning 10 or 15 years into the future can be daunting, but when you break it down into what you need to do right now, in the next year, and in the next 5 years, it becomes much more manageable. What are you doing to take your career to where you want it to be in 2018?

Competition for jobs is increasing all the time, so to help you to become the applicant of choice for a potential employer you need to be clear on what you want and what you can offer that employer. We can help you to do just that with our huge range of Career Tools. For the last 10 years, we have helped hundreds of job seekers to find the right role for them, perhaps we can do the same for you? Get in touch with the team today.

By Ross Bennet