Key Steps to Help You Prepare for Your Future Career

If you’re high school students, now it’s an appropriate time for you to think about your future plan. It’s always better when we have the best start. The best way to be prepared for it is to make a plan! As Mr. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ( a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator) said: “A goal without a plan is just a wish”.
Here are the four steps you can take right now to develop a career plan to catapult you to success.

The best step to prepare for your career is to make a plan from now.

Step 1: Self-reflection

It’s very important to take the time to think about your current situation and the path you want to be on is crucial to a productive career plan. Especially, research even shows reflection is key to success, and it increases productivity and performance.

Identify your vision, values, interests, skills, traits and abilities because it will help you decide what you want for you future career.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Choosing a new career direction: Which of your core values are most important to your choice?
  • Looking for new challenges at work: Which of your skills or interests could help you develop and advance?
  • Considering going to school: Which type of program would make the most of your strengths? Creating a successful career path starts the moment you step on campus – you just need to take advantage of the all the resources readily available to you.

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.”

Katherine Whitehorn

Step 2: Goal setting

Self-reflection will help you to identify your dream career. Therefore, one of the important steps is goal setting to a successful career plan.

There are many methods or way to help you identify your goals but the best one we could suggest is SMART goals. Identify specific, time-bound goals and steps to accomplish your plan. Set short-term goals (to be achieved in one year or less) and long-term goals (to be achieved in one to five years).

  • Specific — Identify your goal clearly and specifically.
  • Measureable — Include clear criteria to determine progress and accomplishment.
  • Attainable — The goal should have a 50 percent or greater chance of success.
  • Relevant — The goal is important and relevant to you.
  • Time bound — Commit to a specific timeframe.

However, in order to be successful, you need to write them down and share them with a friend or a mentor. According to a recent report, seventy-six percent of study participants who set SMART goals wrote them down and shared them with a friend achieved their goals.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

Develop a plan to make your options a reality and identify the short-term and long-term steps that you need to take.
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Step 3: Develop a plan

So, you know yourself and what you want to do, and you have your goals set and written down. Now that you’ve identified your career options, develop an action plan to implement this decision.

Firstly, develop a plan to make your options a reality and identify the short-term and long-term steps that you need to take. Thirdly, create deadlines for the completion of each step. In the next step, identify things you can do to stay motivated. Then take the steps you’ve identified.

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Step 4:  Gain real work experience

You’re probably aware that in this competitive job market, employers are not just looking for people with degrees. In particular, They’re seeking well-rounded, adaptable graduates; people with a range of non-technical skills, real experience and soft-skills that will help them to solve real-world problems and work well within existing teams.

As a result, work placements are a brilliant way to gain insights into the industries and occupations you have your heart set on outside of the classroom. In addition, they help you to develop your own professional skills and personal strengths, and to identify those characteristics that will help you stand out from the rest of the pack.

“We were all born with the potential to win massively, but you must still play your cards right in order to inevitably solidify it.”

Edmond Mbiaka

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