Long-term career planning can help reduce career-related stress, increase your sense of employability, and help you connect more deeply with your purpose. But how do you go beyond annual career goals and create a five-year plan?
- brainstorming. Start by thinking about how you want your career to develop and what you need to do to get there. This requires some self-reflection. You need to identify your main goals, your passions, how your existing skills contribute to both of those, and areas for improvement.
- Gather feedback. We are not ignoring the best judges of our own abilities and strengths. That's why it can be important to gather feedback from your boss, mentors, and peers early in the planning process. They can help you discover career opportunities you never thought of, discover strengths you may have overlooked, and share insights on areas for growth and development.
- Let's make a plan. After you've done some self-reflection and gathered feedback, it's time to organize the information you've gathered. Consider tracking your plans in PowerPoint. For example, slide 1 outlines the career goals you identified during your self-reflection. Slide 2 lists the skills you already have and the skills you need to achieve your ultimate career goals. Slide 3 highlights the development activities we plan to undertake over the next five years to achieve our goals. Slide 4 shows all the obstacles that may prevent you from achieving your goals and how you can address those challenges.
- Repeat. Unlike setting one-year goals, the process of creating a five-year plan is never complete. One way to stay up to date with your plan is to set quarterly calendar reminders. This will help you cope with new developments in your life and career and make changes if necessary.
“Where do you think you will be in five years?”