- Evaluate your current job profile –
Step one is the process of establishing your career goals is to regularly weigh the pros and cons of your existing job profile. Make a note of the challenges in your job profile and see what you can do to get past it. Although the company you work for may already have certain quarterly and annual checks and evaluations it is always better to do it first yourself to understand where you stand and what your future prospects are.
- Chalk out a long-term career plan –
If you are someone with larger than life aspirations ensure you have a clear view of what your profile is and where you want to be in the next few years. Once you have a well-defined objective, it will help you understand what all is required in terms of skill set needed to help you achieve your career goals. Additionally, ensure you also work on your short-term career goals based on the requirements for your long-term career objective.
- Learning and skill development –
Considering the fact that today’s job market is extremely volatile and the workplace is constantly evolving, it is crucial to develop skills that are critical to career planning. The introduction of the internet and the subsequent discovery of online learning has made life easier as one can now have access to any information concerning any field. What you can do is spend at least a few hours a week up-skilling yourself using these channels to ensure you do not become redundant in your job.
- Implement and gain experience –
As and when you pick up new skills always find an opportunity to put them into action and see how well it works. Keep looking for opportunities in the organization to implement these learnings. For example, most companies today are competing with digital disruption, and therefore many of them are creating teams to work on how to take on that challenge.
- Seek Guidance –
No matter how good you are at your job, there are times when you don’t know what to do or have a mental block. These are the times you could really use a mentor. Mentors always help raise performance standards. Knowledgeable and learned mentors can be an oasis in a parched desert. Therefore if your organization supports or endorses the idea of having a mentor, then it is best to take this up and use it to your advantage. A mentor will teach you how to deal with failure and how to plan your backup just in case things do not go how they expected. Planning helps you keep guard and be prepared in case of a setback.