Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

 
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
 
Alice: I don’t much care where.
 
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
 
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
 
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
 
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)
 
 
Having worked in the recruitment of professional level candidates for clients for over 20 years I am still astonished at how few people actually have a real plan for their futures.
 
This is even more shocking when I am referring to the very best talent and performers in their particular fields.
 
My observation is that most career moves are haphazard and generated by an unexpected opportunity or an approach by a Head-hunter.
 
We currently observe a serious economic growth accompanied by a wide range of career opportunities. I suggest it is the time to start taking carefully planned and considered steps towards own professional future.
 
There are many models of career planning but all fundamentally require rigorous self analysis and self awareness to determine the following about ourselves: fundamental career anchors (motivators), personal values, preferred work environments, skills & competencies, development needs, & life interests.
 
A thorough analysis of the above will enable any candidate produce a range of realistic and appropriate career options to further evaluate and prioritise.
 
The final element of the jigsaw is committing the number 1 option into an action and development plan designed to achieve personal career targets over the next 5 – 10 years.
 
You will find your career plan a helpful tool and well worth the investment of your time and effort.

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