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Essential guide to planning your future

Last month we looked at seven defining moments, as outlined by Robert Kelsey, that could have an impact on your career. This month we look at how planning is essential for individuals to remain focused on the things that are important to them.

1. Write down your constitution: this is a written self-analysis and explores your principles and values. Look at the things that motivate you and hold your interest. Do you have a sense of right or wrong? What kind of work cultures suit your personality?

2. Focus; not on one year or two years ahead, but 10 years. Where do you want to be in a whole decade’s time, personally and professionally? What are the things that are important to you? Write them down.

3. Remembering that you have 10 years to achieve this, visualise where you should be in five years to make it happen. Write that down. Then do two years, one year and six months etc.

4. Calculate- develop a strategy for getting to the six month point.

5. Do a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) exercise to assess what recruitment adviceareas of further research or learning are required. Build a plan of what you can act on now and those things that need further work or improvement.

6. Take responsibility for your actions. Focus on the present and future and accept that the only thing you cannot change is the past.

7. Rewards: here at ROD, we are firm believers in making sure you reward yourself if you reach a goal. Whether it is personal or professional, the key to staying motivated and focused in your ambitions, are to recognise when you do something right.

Rewarding yourself is just one way of identifying when you have reached one of your objectives and will help you to stay on track.




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2012-08-16T15:00:24+00:00 Careers, Work Tips|