We have briefly examined why we need a career path and the general steps to take to create or design a path to your dream career. Now, let’s look at some more specific steps to take when designing your dream career.
1. Write down your goals.
What are your career goals? What do you want to be known for in 20 years? What impact do you hope to have made? Try to answer these questions as honestly as possible. Not everyone wants to have “healed the world” before they retire. That isn’t just unlikely, it is also not in your best interest to choose goals based on how impressive they sound. Besides, we all impact the world in our own way. Choose goals that speak to you and are close to your heart.
2. Write down your interests and skills
Think about all the things you are interested in, the skills you have, and skills you would like to develop. Write down some of your personal skills. This may seem a little difficult if you are just starting out in your career but you may have general qualities that can be an asset to an employer. For example, maybe you’re hardworking, easy to get along with, detail oriented, or tend to be helpful to others. What were you constantly praised for while you were growing up? What drives you as a person, as a worker? Are you driven by passion, success, popularity or something else? Write down your main motivational factors before continuing with your plan
3. Compare your interests and goals
Now that you know what you want, and have established your interests & skills, where do they intersect? Do your research. There are people making money from tasting ice-cream or playing video games. Open your mind, ask questions and find out how your passion for cooking can get you to meet the top 5 people on the Forbes 100 list. Keep other factors in mind, like the present demand for the career path versus it’s projected future.
4. Examine your current standing
It cannot be said often enough that one of the most important steps in plotting a journey is to be fully aware of where you are presently. Be open. Allow yourself to see the future without losing sight of the present. Be honest but not overly critical in your assessment of your current situation. Note the thriving areas and the areas that need improvement. You can grow to the dizziest heights you can imagine if you are prepared to put in the work!
5. Research, Research, Research
It is likely that someone has done what you want to do. Find out how they did it, note their mistakes and breakthroughs and apply them to yourself. If your interests lie in uncharted waters, research the reasons others haven’t taken the path you want to go down, how pioneers went about their business, and how people in similar fields are achieving their success.
6. Set yourself up for success
Write a break down of the steps needed to achieve your goals. You know what you want, and at least some of the things you need to do to get there. Write down the steps you need to take, and identify the barriers to success. These can be character traits like a tendency to procrastinate, or certain skills that you need to acquire to accelerate your success. Start breaking through those barriers.
7. Evaluate your progress and set deadlines
Set deadlines for your goals and create ways to measure your progress. What are the factors that are accelerating and impeding your growth in your current job? Do you have goals addressing them? How strategic are you about your growth trajectory. You may need to move jobs or even industries to accelerate your growth
8. Reassess, Revisit, and Readjust
Everything is subject to change, so with time, it is advisable to revisit your plans and adjust them to personal and external changes. It’s great to keep a journal to track your progress and mistakes. Spend quality meditation time on this assessment.
Great! You are now on your way to your dream career. I wish you Godspeed on the journey.
Remember to Design Your Life, Live Your Dreams, Day by Day.