Career Planning

Career Planning: When and How?

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The modern youth are quite concerned about their career. Post high school, parents start sowing the seeds of thinking about a future career. There are parents who start talking about MBA right from class 9 and there’s another lot that starts career enquiry on completion of 12th standard education. Amidst such early and late concerns, what most parents, teachers and students miss out is that there’s a “time” for everything. Those who get this time correct, are the ones who make a happy and successful career in the long run. Just the way, there’s a proper time for getting into school, a time for entering the job life and a time for tying knots, planning a perfect career is also a matter of time along with strategy.

When to Plan a Career?

So, how shall you know when is the right time to think about a career? Leave it to yourself. The day you realize that you have to make a career, it is then you must start career planning. This realization can come at any stage of life, while you’re in school, or in your college or perhaps after your post-graduation. There are class 8 students who are firm about their decision of being a doctor and there are the college finals who spend their day browsing the Internet only to learn about scopes and possibilities for developing a desired career.

In short, self-realization is the first pillar of a career plan. The moment you realize it, your mind is automatically prepared for framing workable strategies and effective career plans. Things soon fall into its places and every decision turns out to be fruitful.

How to Start Career Planning?

Planning a career never happens in a fortnight. Its time taking and requires constant dedication, strong focus and a good know-how about yourself. Ideally, career planning is a five stage process that can continues till the end your working life.

Step 1: Self Assessment (Qualification and Interests)

Since realization can strike you mind at any phase of your life, your career plan will depend if you are a school-goer, or a school leaver, or a college person or someone having good experience in his/her career field and looking for a career change.

After assessing your current position, you must then look into your interests, skills and preferences. Are you a street-friendly person or you prefer keeping things to yourself? Do you love communication or analysis? Or do you love imparting knowledge and want to find yourself in the research labs? Answer all these questions and know your inner likings. Knowing and assessing yourself is a must before you get into career planning.

Step 2: Fix a Goal  

Now that you know where you stand and are aware about your skills and attributes, fix a goal. Never do the opposite as your goals might misfit with your potential qualities. Once you know yourself inside out, it is the right time for a proper career plan.

Step 3: Explore Opportunities

Actual career panning starts from this stage. With all your self assessment and a fixed target in mind, you can now look into the available prospects and opportunities. See all the probable scopes, know them in details, learn what it takes to develop a career in the specific field and continue exploring until you are satisfied. Weigh all the pros and cons, consider the lucrative benefits and research on the current and the future market figures.

Step 4: Find the Right Fit

You have all the options in front and know yourself well. Ask yourself where you are more comfortable, which is more desirable and of course has better salary and income scale. Once you get the answers, you’re all set to start a victorious career for your future life.

Further to this, you enter into an industry of your choice and start gathering experience, learning and knowledge.

Step 5: Revisit Your Plans

Never think that your first job is an end to your career planning. Revisit your plans annually and see how far you have reached in your career and how long you have to go. Assess your performance, skills and present standing and make your future decisions accordingly.