However, career planning is not taught in school. Career Change Statistics shows that you will change careers 5-7 Times in Your Life! Therefore it's important to make conscious career choices and practice Career Planning.
The first experience you have with this is probably talking to your parents and friends. Advice differs from finding a good job, work hard, go for the security or experience as many jobs as you can to find the job you like. Oh, and I know someone who is looking for a new employee... Probable all those tips have a positive intention from the giver. But to get the best out of your career, you have to take control of your own career planning.
You might also be interested in Job Crafting to find out what tasks give you energy.
What steps to take for the practice
Find your strengths, what are you good at and what is your passion? Check your thoughts with online tests and discuss with family, friends, manager, Hr or your colleagues. Rate them on a scale from 1 till 10, 10 gives you the most energy vs 1 the lowest. You can use Job Crafting for this as well.
Start the search for job roles that match with your top 3 energy givers. Use job boards to check if the job roles are common.
Now, look at the type of branch you want to work in. Consider the market, is it good, is it up and coming, is it struggling? A good market helps you to start off with possibilities. A struggling market can give you more creative experience. An up and coming market teach you how to build.
Then look at the size of companies. Are they big, medium or small? They all bring something different to the table. For growth, try something new!
Now start the search for you and apply to jobs that are in line with the previous steps.
Before you decide to take a job, always meet your future manager. The manager is an important stakeholder to challenge you and help you grow.
Decide and write down how long you want to stay at the company and evaluate this yearly.
So now you can plan your career steps using this practice.
You want to start your career in a big company with 5000+ employees where there is a big focus on learning and development, preferably in the IT branch which is hot! This gives you growth possibilities and corporate experience. You’re planning to stay here for 2-5 years and then go to a medium company (100-300) employees) which is struggling in the financial industry. This gives you the need to be creative with processes in your work, budgets and how to deal with resistance. After this, you want to go to a startup (<50 employees), again in the IT business. This gives you the opportunity to build and implement your own ideas, based on the experience of your previous jobs. You know the corporate structures of a large company and know-how to be creative to reach your goals.
Control over your own career planning gives you an advantage when searching for a job. It gives you knowledge of what you want to get out of a job. The key is to make conscious choices to effectively plan your career.
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