Action Planning

You have decided what you want - now you need to get there. An action plan is your strategy to get where you want to be. What do you need to do? By when? What will you do if things change? Have you got a back up plan?

Having an idea of your career direction is valuable, but it’s also vital to take active steps forward. Even if you aren’t sure about what you want, doing something is always better than doing nothing and will help you to work towards making informed decisions. 

Work with a Careers Adviser and set out your goals, and any important factors that affect what you can do and want to do. Together we can then devise some actions to take you to the next stage. Then it is over to you to be proactive and make this happen. 

It should feel like a series of exciting opportunities. Be positive, enthusiastic, and willing to try new experiences, get help along the way, and dare yourself to succeed! 

It may well be a process, not a sudden revelation. Remember, you are not deciding how you are going to spend the rest of your working life - which might be the next 45 years. You are taking the first few steps into exploring the first stage of it. 

SMART Objectives

When you are creating an action plan it is useful to use SMART objectives. 

Specific - specific goals are easier to accomplish, break things down to manageable tasks. It is also easier to see when you have reached a specific goal.

Measurable - how will you know when you have achieved your goal?

Achievable - do you have the right resources, such as time for study or money for further training? Goals should be challenging, not impossible.

Realistic/relevant - Set realistic goals, and make sure they are all relevant to your bigger plans. Make sure each of your actions brings you closer to the result you want.

Time bound - you need deadlines or targets to keep motivated and help you measure your progress.

Think! If someone else looked at your plan would it be easy to see what you were going to do, how and by when? If they can then you probably have it right. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 15:46