Do you have a success plan for your career change? We’ve already talked about two of the most important ingredients for successful career change – your professional network and your ability to sustain motivation during the ups and downs. Today let’s focus on the third ingredient – how to develop your personalized career change success plan.
Do you find yourself resisting the idea of having a specific action plan for your career change? After all, what’s the point? Why should you spend time planning when there are so many unknowns? You don’t have control over things such as where and when opportunities occur, or the decisions that employers make.
One of the reasons that career changers dismiss planning too soon is that they try to use a method that doesn’t fit with their style. Reflect on your experience and what you already know is effective for you. If lists already work well for you, then use them as part of your planning process. If the thought of a long list exhausts you already, try a different approach. Use mind-maps. Use sketches. Get ideas from friends and colleagues.
The key is to create a career change success plan that is personal to you.
So how might a plan help? Here are 3 ways you can use planning to make your career change easier and more effective.