My life, and my career feels like this. I look back on my job two years ago, a year ago, six months ago, or even three months ago, and I am shocked by how different all of these versions of my job have been.
I think about each and every lesson I have learned, whether is was intentional or not, and I appreciate the learning moments I have had. This makes me look forward to the future.
It's scary though - not knowing where I want to go. This brings me to the point of this post. I just want to talk about mapping out a career plan.
If anyone is like me, and likes plans, systems, and procedures, then this post will hopefully help you as much as I am trying to help myself in writing it. By writing this all down, I am trying to make myself aware of my feelings, more confident in my decisions, and more ambitious with my goal setting. So, I am proposing the following steps and suggestions in mapping our your career plan.
- Start with a "working" vision - this vision will change along the way, but it's a good starting point.
- Spend time discovering yourself - learn what your interests are.
- Do some research and take some classes - courses are a great way to schedule thinking time.
- Plan some action items - make a list of tasks, plot them out on a calendar, and make sure they are small enough to be achieved, but help you move forward.
- Identify both short and long-term goals - don't over complicate things.
Job SearchIf you are not sure where your skills will take you, here are some links to some great sites to help you find a job across the globe.
Dave's ESL Cafe
(this is the site I used when I found my job in Japan back in 2007)
Or if you'd like to stay here in Canada