The idea of what constitutes a career has become more fluid and personal compared to several decades ago and people now have more power to decide what that career might look like and how they would like to steer their course. This freedom brings complications because you are responsible for making your own career choices and it’s not always clear which way is the most direct path towards your goal. For women in particular, we often must make decisions that balance our professional aspirations with family and community obligations in a way that men do not. It’s important to take stock of where you are now and where you want to be. Then, establish a career plan to serve as your personal map to help you navigate through the decisions you will have to make to achieve your career goals.
Let’s look at the process for creating your career plan which involves three main steps:
- Take inventory of your values, interests, skills, and lifestyle
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses
- Develop a career plan