A career plan is a set of goals for an individual's career with an action plan that identifies steps toward these goals. Career plans can be communicated to an employer or used as a personal tool to identify career opportunities that suit your needs, capabilities and preferences. The following are examples of career plans.
It is common to develop a career plan together with your manager as part of performance management. This allows you to share your ambitions with your employer and obtain feedback on what you need to do to achieve your goals. As part of the performance management process that is documented by human resources, this type of career plan is typically crafted to avoid politically sensitive goals. For example, an employee who avoids making their manager feel that they are after their job. Career plans developed with your employer focus on options that are possible internally. As such, they may not reflect the full scope of your ambition.
Career PlanShort Term
- improve public speaking abilitiesLong Term
- become more visibile to stakeholders
- manage projects to schedule, budget and requirements
- transition to a management role in IT
Give presentations to improve public speaking skills.
Complete 5-8 presentations by the end of Q3.
Feedback from participants.
Manage the billing system project.
Deliver project on-time and on-budget.
Stakeholder satisfaction rate
Deliver quick wins to improve visibility with key stakeholders.
Actively participate in governance meetings and take action items that are important to stakeholders by the end of Q3.
Complete 5-6 action items.
Feedback from stakeholders.
Career ChangeA mid-career professional may develop their own career plan to identify possible career changes or advancements. This may be a back-to-basics look at what is really important to you. When your goals are identified, it is common to develop a swot analysis to determine your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This leads into both a short term and long term plan stated as actionable objectives.
- higher compensationStrengths
- continued work-life balance
- high job satisfaction
- low risk transition
- technology architectureWeaknesses
- software development and analysis
- outgoing and personable
- independent and resilient
- managing the work of othersOpportunities
- managing budgets and schedules
- no sales experience
Sales team always looking for talent who can close deals.Threats
Compensation in sales team is only high if you can close deals.Short Term Plan
- get to know people in the sales teamLong Term Plan
- learn everything there is to know about sales
Transition to the sales team to improve compensation.
Career StartInexperienced individuals seeking to begin a career such as students typically focus on establishing an initial career choice. This typically begins by listing relevant interests, abilities and personality traits. This type of career plan typically requires guidance or research to identify potential careers of interest. Guidance or research is also required to identify actionable steps towards career goals such as education, experience and relationship building.
High salary, low stress and a local position. Interests
Technology, art, performing art and dance.Abilities
Math, languages, art and computing programingPersonality
Shy, big picture thinker, sensitive, cooperative, flexible and open.Opportunities
Software developer, design, commercial artist.Short Term Plan
- apply to university fine arts programsLong Term Plan
- minor in computer science
Career in graphics design, commercial art, fine art or a marketing position focused on creative work such as advertising or product development.
Get into a Fine Arts program
Acceptance into 2-3 colleges.
Career DevelopmentA plan to advance in your profession and career by gaining experience, knowledge and skills.
Next: Career Development Plan
Career Development PlanBusiness Needs
- Generating sales opportunities.Professional Goals
- Sales people who can close.
- Sales people who are knowledgeable about products.
- Become a top closer in the sales team.Career Development Plan
- Improve customer relationships to reduce churn.
- Develop industry relationships to identify high value leads.
Attend industry conferences to develop networking and relationship management skills.
Complete product training.
Attend sale leadership workshop to improve sales skills.
Attend 2-3 industry conferences this year.
Gain 20-50 new contacts.
December 31, 2030
Complete internal product training sessions.
Schedule and complete at least 2 training sessions.
December 31, 2030
Complete sales leadership workshop.
Attend the sales leadership workshop in Las Vegas next winter.
February 20, 2031